LMS Stanier Mogul 42968
|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|
42968 at Highley in 2011
|Built By||LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway Crewe Works|
|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|
|Other Numbers||13268, 2968|
|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 Railway|
|1990||First steamed in preservation|
|1991||Entered regular service on SVRSevern Valley Railway|
|1998||Withdrawn for overhaul|
|2013||Withdrawn for overhaul|
|Tractive effort||26,290 lb|
|Pressure||225 lb/sq in|
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. After four years the Fund had raised Woodham Bros's asking price, and the loco was hauled to the SVRSevern Valley Railway 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. The locomotive officially entered SVRSevern Valley Railway 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 42968 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 Railway 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 Railtrackprivate sector owner of the national railway system from 1994 until 2002, created as part of the privatisation of British Rail. Succeeded by Network Rail requirements for main line working, curtailing further railtours. However the locomotive continued in SVRSevern Valley Railway 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 2022[update] work is progressing on the boiler, frames and other components at Bridgnorth Loco Works. The locomotive was re-wheeled on 29 October 2019. 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.
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 29, 30
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 98
- Branch Lines, November 2019
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 189 (Spring 2015), p57.