LMS Stanier Mogul 42968

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LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway StanierWilliam Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1932-1944 MogulLocomotive with a 2-6-0 wheel configuration 42968
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42968 at Highley in 2011
Built By LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway Crewe Works
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 Out of service
Loco Number 42968
Other Numbers 13268, 2968
History
Built 1934
Designed By William StanierWilliam Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1932-1944
Type StanierWilliam Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1932-1944 MogulLocomotive with a 2-6-0 wheel configuration
1973 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society
1990 First steamed in preservation
1991 Entered regular service on SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society
1998 Withdrawn for overhaul
2002 Reentered service
2013 Withdrawn for overhaul
Technical
Length 69ft 10¾"
Weight 69t 2cwt
Tractive effort 26,290 lb
Pressure 225 lb/sq in

Steam Locomotives

The StanierWilliam Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1932-1944 Moguls were one of the first classes designed by StanierWilliam Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1932-1944 after his arrival on the LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway, the first loco of the single production lot emerging from Crewe in October 1933.

42968 in service

42968 was originally numbered 13268, and entered traffic on 24 January 1934, allocated to Willesden shed. She was renumbered as 2968 in September 1935, and over her lifetime was allocated to a wide variety of sheds on the LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway Western Division, mostly in the North-West but including spells at Aston, Bescot and Nuneaton. Her final shed before withdrawal in 1966 was Springs Branch. By 1960, she had covered over 700,000 miles.

42968 in preservation

Following withdrawal 42968 was purchased for scrap by Woodham Bros. By 1969 all other members of the class had been cut up, and the Stanier Mogul Fund was formed to preserve her as an important example of an early StanierWilliam Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1932-1944 locomotive. Fund raising was helped by a raffle organised by the SVRA North West Branch in 1973.[1] After four years the Fund had raised Woodham Bros's asking price, and the loco was hauled to the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society by rail, arriving 14 December 1973. Restoration began the following year.

The loco moved under her own steam for the first time in preservation on 12 November 1990, completing two light engine round trips between Bridgnorth and Highley. After further light engine trips on the following Thursday, two ECSEmpty Coaching Stock return trips to Kidderminster were scheduled for Monday 19 November. The first of these was terminated at Highley due to a bomb scare at the BSCBritish Steel Corporation, or British Sugar Corporation Foley Park factory, but the afternoon trip was completed without incident.[2] The locomotive officially entered SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society service on 13 April 1991 in LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway livery numbered 2968. Unfortunately, she had to be withdrawn from traffic in December 1993 due to a loose tyre. The autumn 1993 "Tyre a MogulLocomotive with a 2-6-0 wheel configuration in 1994" raffle organised by the SVR Macclesfield Branch and drawn in January 1994 raised over £4,000 net to assist. Following tyre replacement she re-entered service in December 1994.

In 1996 42969 was mainline-certified, and over the next two years hauled a number of main-line railtours, including the Settle-Carlisle line from Crewe to Carlisle. She also took part in the 1998 "Steam On The Met" event. 42968’s main line career included a couple of ‘firsts’:

On 22nd November 1997, 42968 and 7325 were the first steam locos in preservation to work a train over the 1:38 Lickey Incline.
On 3rd January 1998, 42968 set off on a rail tour from Shrewsbury to Newport and Gloucester via the Central Wales line. At Llandrindod Wells it was discovered that the track ahead was flooded, so 42968 drew the train back to Craven Arms running tender first, then ran around to take a detour via the Welsh Marches route. This was the first time that a steam-hauled special had been rerouted mid-tour.

In 2001 the StanierWilliam Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1932-1944 MogulLocomotive with a 2-6-0 wheel configuration Fund produced “A Pictorial History of 2968 The Mighty MogulLocomotive with a 2-6-0 wheel configuration”. This includes comprehensive reports and pictures of the locomotive’s main line tours. Copies of this publication may still be available from the SMF’s sales stand. A complete list of main line appearances is as follows:

Date Tour name Route Notes Web SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News
31 Aug 1996 Kidderminster-Gloucester + return Test run with support coach 121-44
07 Dec 1996 Lyndum Fayre Dorridge - Lincoln - Dorridge SBJ
21 Dec 1996 Cumbrian Mountain Express Crewe - Carlisle Deputising for 60009 Union of South Africa
04 Jan 1997 Cumbrian Mountain Express Carlisle - Crewe Deputising for 60009 Union of South Africa SBJ 122-4
11 Jan 1997 Taffy Apple Worcester Shrub Hill - Swansea - Worcester D/H with 7325 UKS 122-4
08 Mar 1997 MogulLocomotive with a 2-6-0 wheel configuration Mountaineer Crewe - Copy Pit - York SBJ 123-7
18 Oct 1997 Welsh Dragon Port Talbot - Shrewsbury Gross load 365 tons, or 50% overload SBJ 125-9
19 Oct 1997 Ynys Mon Express Crewe - Holyhead - Crewe SBJ 126-46
25 Oct 1997 Meldon Meanderer Bristol - Exeter - Meldon Quarry D/H with 7325, replacing 7802 (failed with hot box at Bristol) SBJ 125-70
08 Nov 1997 Pilgrims Progres Exeter - Plymouth - Bristol D/H with 7325 SBJ 125-70
15 Nov 1997 Hardy Flyer Bristol Temple Meads - Yeovil Pen Mill - Bristol D/H with 7325 SBJ 126-48
22 Nov 1997 Lickey Incliner Bristol-Bromsgrove-Stourbridge-Gloucester D/H with 7325, first preserved steam on the Lickey Incline SBJ 126-2
12 Dec 1997 Chester Chuffer Wolverhampton - Chester - Wolverhampton UKS 126-49
03 Jan 1998 Central Wales Adventurer Shrewsbury - Llandrindod Wells* - Craven Arms* - Gloucester *Tour re-routed due to flooding UKS 126-50
31 Jan 1998 Inclined Salopian Gloucester - Lickey Incline - Bescot D/H with 7325 UKS 126-49
16 May 1998 Steam on the Met Amersham-Watford shuttles UKS
17 May 1998 Steam on the Met Amersham-Watford shuttles UKS 127-15
23 May 1998 Steam on the Met Amersham-Watford shuttles UKS
24 May 1998 Steam on the Met Amersham-Watford shuttles UKS
25 May 1998 Steam on the Met Amersham-Watford shuttles UKS 127-32
For further information on sources and references, see The Severn Valley Railway on the main line
A boiler inspection in February 1998 found that firebox crown stays were wasted below Railtrack requirements for main line working, curtailing further railtours. However the locomotive continued in SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society service and was invited by London Underground to take part in that year’s ‘Steam on the Met’. Later that year, the locomotive was withdrawn for a full overhaul, which was completed in 2003, and she re-entered service in BRBritish Rail or British Railways livery. She remained in service until the expiry of her boiler certificate in 2013; her current overhaul began in early 2014. As of 2020 work is progressing on the boiler, frames and other components at Bridgnorth Loco Works. The locomotive was re-wheeled on 29 October 2019.[3] The StanierWilliam Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1932-1944 MogulLocomotive with a 2-6-0 wheel configuration Fund intends for her to re-enter service carrying her original number, 13268.[4]

Gallery

See also

Steam Locomotives
The Severn Valley Railway on the main line
SVR-based locomotives visiting other events
Rolling stock currently under restoration
Locomotives running under different identities

References

  1. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 29, 30
  2. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 98
  3. Branch Lines, November 2019
  4. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 189 (Spring 2015), p57.

Links

Stanier Mogul Fund website
LMS Stanier Mogul on Wikipedia