LMS Stanier Jubilee 45690 Leander

LMS Stanier Jubilee 45690 Leander
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LMS 5690 Leander in October 2010
Built By Crewe
Configuration 4-6-0
Status Operational, main line registered
Loco Number 45690
Other Numbers 5690
Built 1936
Designed By Sir William Stanier, FRS
Type Jubilee
1964 Withdrawn
1972 Preserved
1980 Overhaul at SVR
1983 Purchased by SVR(H)
1994 Sold by SVR(H)
Length 64ft 8¾"
Weight 79t 11cwt
Tractive effort 26,610 lb
Pressure 225 lb/sq in

Steam Locomotives

Leander as an SVR locomotive in 1984 (Geograph)

45690 Leander (LMS No 5690) was resident on the SVR between 1980 and 1981 and between 1983 and 1994. She was also a Gala visitor in Autumn 2010.

Leander is an LMS 4-6-0 Jubilee class locomotive, designed by Sir William Stanier. The Jubilee class was an update of the LMS Fowler 3-cylinder Patriot or ‘Baby Scot’ design of 1930, incorporating a Stanier/Swindon design of tapered boiler and modified cylinders. Jubilees were mainly used on ‘second division’ express passenger services, and were rated as 5XP by BR following nationalisation.

As of 2019 Leander is owned by the Beet family, and operated on the main line by West Coast Railways.


45690 in service

Leander was built in 1936 at the LMS works at Crewe and entered service as LMS 5690. She worked out of Crewe North depot until 1947, and then out of Bristol Barrow Road, now renumbered 45690 by BR. The locomotive was withdrawn by BR in 1964 having recorded 1,589,826 miles in service.

45690 in preservation

Rescued from Barry Scrapyard in May 1972, she was restored by the Leander Locomotive Society/Leander Locomotive Limited at Derby and later at Dinting Railway Museum, Glossop.

45690 at the SVR

Leander first arrived on the SVR in August 1980 for a boiler repair / overhaul to main line standard, following which the locomotive left in late 1981. During this time good working relations were established between the owners/support crew and SVR staff, so when the owners put the engine up for sale in November 1983, she was acquired by SVR(H). The purchase included sister engine 45699 Galatea, then regarded as a source of spare parts for Leander, and part of the deal also involved the sale of Ivatt 2MT 46443 in exchange.

Leander was ‘on tour’ on the main line at the time of purchase, on 18 February 1984 hauling the Steam Locomotive Operators Association's 'Welsh Marches Express' leg from Hereford - Abergavenny - Maindee North Jn - Newport. [1] She first returned to the SVR as a ‘home’ engine on 20 February. The locomotive worked until winter 1989, and was then stored awaiting a major overhaul.

Sale by SVR(H)

In winter of 1994 the SVR(H) Board announced the sale of 45690 Leander to the family of Dr. Peter Beet (and of 45699 Galatea to another unnamed purchaser). The justification given was that the offer was attractive, the locomotive had been stored out of use for 5 years, funds were not available for a General Repair, and once repaired the locomotive would see limited use on the SVR due to its size and axle loading. Predictably many members complained of the Railway ‘selling the family silver’.

Gala visit

Leander returned to the SVR for the Autumn Steam Gala of 2010, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of the SVR’s official opening.

See also


SVR News
Severn Valley Railway Stock Book, eighth edition.

  1. Six Bells Junction