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45379 - LMS Black 5

Status: Operational

The Mid-Hants Railway Preservation Society now owns a number of locomotives, including Stanier Black 5 No.45379 and BR Standard 4 No.75079. 45379 is one of the successful "Black Five” 4-6-0 mixed traffic locomotives designed by William Stanier. Built by Armstrong Whitworth of Newcastle in July 1937 and first allocated to Crewe, it moved to Rugby in 1948 at nationalisation, back to Crewe in 1956 and on to Bletchley in 1961. Although Black Fives remained in service until the last day of mainline steam forty years ago, 45379 moved to Willesden in 1964 from where it was withdrawn in the summer of 1965 going to Barry scrap yard later that year.

In 1974 it was bought for restoration and taken to the Avon Valley Railway, later to The Great Central Railway. It was bought from there by MHRPS coming to Alresford on 1st March 2002. Black Fives occasionally worked as far south as Bournemouth and even ran over the Mid-Hants. This locomotive is large enough for the steep gradients here at the Mid-Hants, but small enough to be economical.

The restoration of 45379 was completed in time for our Somerset & Dorset Steam Spectacular on 10-12 September where she appeared alongside visiting S&DJR engine 7F No. 88 and featured on local TV News, the 5 year restoration effort visible for all to see. 45379 had not steamed since 1965, so the S&D event was the first time she had hauled a revenue earning service for over 45 years ! She certainly isn't camera shy, 45379 is due to feature in a forthcoming episode of a hit TV show, having been used for filming work recently.

45379 is now a fully fledged member of the MHR fleet and is rostered on our services as required - please see Loco Roster for latest information on what is running and when. Why not see for yourself what has been a true labour of love return to its rightful place, back in steam, hauling trains once more.

Detail

Built
1937 
Built at
Armstrong Whitworth of Newcastle 
Classification
5 mixed traffic 
Designer
W Stainer 
Entered service
July 1937 
Region
Midland, Southern 
Shed allocation
Crewe (from new), Rugby 1948, Crewe 1956, Bletchley 1961, Willesden 1964 
Total built of class
842 
Withdrawn
Summer 1965 
Last major overhaul
September 2010 
Current owner
MHRPS 

Specifications

Coal capacity
9 tons 
Cylinders
Cylinder size
18.5" x 28" 
Driving wheel diameter
6' 
Tractive effort
25455 ibf at 85% boiler pressure 
Valve gear
Walschaerts 
Water capacity
4000 gallons 
Wheel arrangement
4-6-0 

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