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The Black 5


The Stanier Class 5 locomotives were the main do anything go anywhere mixed traffic engines of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, with the last being built post nationalisation. 842 were built between 1933 and 1951, 18 have survived into preservation, known to enthusiasts and railway men everywhere as Black 5s, grimy and travel worn they could be seen in all parts of the British Rail network.

45407 was one of those that survived, built in 1937 it was one of the last to be withdrawn on August 4th 1968, now owned by Ian Riley and based on the East Lancashire Railway it has been named The Lancashire Fusilier

The Black 5


The Stanier Class 5 locomotives were the main do anything go anywhere mixed traffic engines of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, with the last being built post nationalisation. 842 were built between 1933 and 1951, 18 have survived into preservation, known to enthusiasts and railway men everywhere as Black 5s, grimy and travel worn they could be seen in all parts of the British Rail network.

45407 was one of those that survived, built in 1937 it was one of the last to be withdrawn on August 4th 1968, now owned by Ian Riley and based on the East Lancashire Railway it has been named The Lancashire Fusilier

comments (4)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 13 Nov 2008, 07:33
I do love your way with trains. Les. You remind me of a guy from college days back in the 60's who would run to the railroad tracks every time he heard a train coming. Guess what! Even as a college grad from the University of Michigan, he went to work for the train company!
Les Auld: We all would like to have been a train driver Ginnie, thanks for the comment.
Classic train picture and a classic locomotive. As a matter of interest (well to me anyway) some of the last examples built used Skefco roller bearings. My Dad worked for Skefco before and after the war up until his death in 1967.
Les Auld: You learn something new every day Bill, thanks for the comment.
Ginnie has told you the same story as me Les because we are both showing trains today, except mine was taken 50 years ago. That apart this really has loads of atmosphere and the toning works very well.
Les Auld: Thanks Brian, tried to produce an old looking image but I think there is something missing, perhaps it is too clean.
  • Travis
  • United States
  • 13 Nov 2008, 21:27
This is a fantastic image. There is a historic steam engine that passes near my house occsionally. You may have just inspired me enough to head over there next time I hear the whistle blowin'.
Les Auld: Glad I could provide some inspiration, thanks for the comment.

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