One of many 4-4-0 locomotives built under Johnson for the Midland railway. No 1757 was built in 1886 with 7ft 01/2" driving wheels. When new it was allocated to London. No 1757, carried the nameplate Beatrice and was exhibited at the Royal Jubilee Saltaire Exhibition of 1887 where it won a gold medal. It was named after Princess Beatrice who opened the exhibition, and afterwards, among other duties, worked holiday traffic from St Pancras to Southend for many years, being allocated by agreement with the LTSR to Shoeburyness. She was also used to draw the royal train carrying Queen Victoria from Derby on her way to Scotland in May 1891.
This photo was taken from an old original photo we came across while helping to clear the house of a deceased friend. I have uploaded it to Flickr in the hope that it might be interesting to steam enthusiasts.