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Banking on the Lickey Incline Big Berta style 

In 1919 the Midland Railway decided to build a one off locomotive for banking on the Lickey Incline. This 0-10-0 became known as Big Berta (after the large guns used in the First World War by the Germans). The locomotive remained in service until 19 May 1956 when it was withdrawn and scrapped by Derby Works in September 1957    
Big Bertha away from Bromsgrove at Derby Big Bertha at Bromsgrove
Big Berta in LMS Days at Bromsgrove Big Bertha at Bromsgrove 
Preparing to bank a train up the Lickey Incline   Returning from Blackwell 
On the push up the incline in BR days On the push in earlier times   

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