LMS Stanier Class 5 45000

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LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway StanierWilliam Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1932-1944 Class 5 45000
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LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway 5000 at the NRMNational Railway Museum, York (2011)
Built By LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway, Crewe
Configuration 4-6-0
BRBritish Rail or British Railways rating 5MTThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic.
Status National Collection exhibit
Loco Number 45000
Other Numbers LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway 5000
History
Built 1935
Designed By William StanierWilliam Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1932-1944
Type 5MTThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. Black Five
1967 Selected for the National Collection following withdrawal
1977 Arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway for restoration
1979 Entered service
1989 Withdrawn from service
1991 Returned to the NRMNational Railway Museum
Technical
Length 63ft 7¾"
Weight 72t 4cwt
Tractive effort 25,455 lb
Pressure 225 lb/sq in

Steam Locomotives

45000 (LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway 5000) was resident on the SVRSevern Valley Railway between 1977 and 1991.

Service

LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway No 5000 was the first ‘Black 5’ built by Crewe, although it was preceded into service by No 5020 built by the Vulcan Foundry who also built the SVRSevern Valley Railway’s 45110. 5000 entered service in March 1935, being renumbered as 45000 by BRBritish Rail or British Railways in 1949. Its working life was mostly based around Crewe, until being withdrawn from service by BRBritish Rail or British Railways at Lostock Hall in October 1967.

Preservation

Black 5s, like most locomotives, were frequently modified during their working life. On withdrawal, 45000 was chosen to be included in the National Collection as the only surviving example with its original short firebox and domeless boiler.

Restoration

45000 arrived at the SVRSevern Valley Railway on loan from the NRM on 19 November 1977, with the intention of being restored for main line working. Stripping the locomotive began straight away, the first task being to empty several barrow loads of ash from the smokebox left over from the last steaming 10 years earlier. However pressure of work on other SVRSevern Valley Railway locomotives then delayed serious progress until late 1978, with the boiler being lifted by the 30 ton steam crane in Christmas week. The boiler work required complete replacement of all 21 big and 136 small tubes plus renewal of a number of firebox stays. This was completed in time for the boiler to be reinstalled on Easter Saturday, 14 April 1979. A rail tour planned for June of that year led to much ‘burning of the midnight oil’, an example of which being that 5000 moved under her own power for the first time at 1.00am on Saturday 28 April.

The restoration was duly completed and the locomotive entered service in LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway livery as No 5000, moving light engine to Hereford on 1 June 1979 in time to work a rail tour the following day[1]. The SVRSevern Valley Railway later won the 1979 ARPSAssociation of Railway Preservation Societies award for restoring 5 locomotives in the year including LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway 5000.[2]

SVRSevern Valley Railway service

LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway 5000 at Rainhill in 1980 (Wikimedia Commons)
45000 took part in the grand parade at the Rocket 150 celebrations at Rainhill in May 1980. Other main line working was carried out from Steam Centres around the country, including the Bulmers Railway Centre at Hereford. Between 1979 and 1988 the locomotive accumulated 34,774 miles on the SVRSevern Valley Railway and in the course of some 20+ rail tours on the main line. Mileage by year was as follows:
Year Mileage
1979 1,650
1980 3,130
1981 2,857
1982 2,936
1983 4,551
1984 5,584
1985 277
1986 2,692
1987 6,462
1988 4,635
Total 34,774

A potentially incomplete listing of main line tours is as follows:

Date Tour name Route Notes Web SVRSevern Valley Railway News
2 June 1979 The Midlander Hereford-Shrewsbury-Hereford-Newport-Hereford SBJ]
22 Sep 1979 The Inter-City Hereford - Chester - Hereford D/H with 4930 Hagley Hall SBJ
19 Apr 1980 The Black Countryman Hereford - Shrewsbury - Chester - Manchester Victoria D/H with 80079 SBJ
22 June 1980 Steam 150 Manchester Victoria – Liverpool Edge Hill + return 56-12, 57-9
11 Oct 1980 The Welsh Dragon Shrewsbury - Hereford - Newport - Hereford D/H with 43106 SBJ
07 Feb 1981 Welsh Marches Express Hereford - Newport - Hereford SBJ
07 Mar 1981 Welsh Marches Express Hereford - Newport - Hereford SBJ
01 Aug 1981 ? Failed at Shrewsbury with hot box 61-8
30 Jan 1982 Welsh Marches Pullman Shrewsbury - Hereford SBJ
13 Mar 1982 Welsh Marches Pullman Hereford - Newport - Hereford(?) SBJ
20 Mar 1982 Welsh Marches Express Hereford - Newport - Hereford D/H with 4930 Hagley Hall SBJ
23 Oct 1982 Welsh Marches Pullman Hereford(?) - Shrewsbury - Ludlow - Chester SBJ
06 Nov 1982 Welsh Marches Pullman Chester - Shrewsbury SBJ
05 Mar 1983 Welsh Marches Pullman Hereford(?) - Chester SBJ
05 Mar 1983 The Deeside Venturer (?) Chester - Hull(?) SBJ
04 Apr 1983 The Yorkshire Pullman  ? - Scarborough - ? SBJ
14 May 1983 Humber Venturer Hull - Leeds - Chester SBJ
14 May 1983 Welsh Marches Pullman Chester - Shrewsbury SBJ

During her time at the SVRSevern Valley Railway, LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway 5000 was sometimes described as Chief Engineer Alun Rees's "personal locomotive",[3] with sister locomotive 45110 becoming "the Company Black 5". In summer 1982 the locomotive was briefly withdrawn from service while a 2ft 6in crack in the steel firebox door plate was repaired.

The locomotive failed a steam test at the start of the 1989 season,[4] and was returned to the NRM in the spring of 1991.[5] It can normally be seen on display at Locomotion (the NRM museum at Shildon) or the NRM at York.[6]

See also

References

  1. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 52, "Miracles take a little longer, the Story of the 5000 Renovation" (Tony Pirie)
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 55
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 62, 66 etc
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 92
  5. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 9
  6. NRM web site

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