Sir Vincent Raven relatives call ahead of loco celebrations

Sir Vincent Raven.
Sir Vincent Raven.

The North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group (NELPG), based at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR), is searching for relatives of Sir Vincent Raven to join the railway’s celebrations for Q6 63395 locomotive centenary year.

Sir Vincent Raven was an English railway engineer, and was chief mechanical engineer of the North Eastern Railway (NER) from 1910 to 1922.

He was known for the development of the T1 engine by designing the superheated outside cylinder class T2 0-8-0s for handling the heavy goods trains of the NER.

A total of 120 engines were built at the Darlington Works between 1913 and 1918 which proved to be successful, carrying on a fine NER tradition for freight haulage right up until the demise of steam.

An NELPG spokesman said: “Living relatives to Sir Vincent Raven are encouraged to get in touch so that they can celebrate the Q6 63395 locomotive centenary.

“A celebration train service will take place on the Wednesday, May 1, where the locomotive will be hauling dignitaries in her original livery, dating back to 1918.

“Please contact chris.lawson@nelpg.org.uk detailing your family connection.

“Visitors and passengers can view the Q6, which will be in operation at NYMR’s Behind the Scenes event during the May Bank Holiday (4-6 May).