Photo-a-Day (Wednesday, 3rd February, 2016)
45407 - Lancashire Fusilier :)
Black 5 number 45407 at Wigan North Western a couple of weeks ago, at about 7.20am.
Replacement for Flying Scotsman.
Nice photo. Was this the second loco, not seen very well in the first photo?
Ahhhhhh.....brings back the memory of climbing up onto the footplate of The Fellsman at Carlisle Station. Great photo!
Yes Ken this was the second engine of the double header.
My brother worked at Springs Branch and used to take me up on the footplate to see the coal being shovelled into the fire. Can you imagine "Health and Safety's" reaction today? And I never caught any harm!
Your all wondering what does 5MT mean. Well 5MT means this Stanier Black five can haul Passenger coaches and Freight wagons. In other words MT means Mixed Traffic.These Black fives served British Rail well, and were very popular around Wigan and the North-West, LMS.
The Flying Scotsman was/is a great Steam engine no ifs or buts, but lets remember it's grass roots the North-East, LNER. I was not too disappointed not to see the Flying Scotsman, when I learn two Great other engines of my child hood were in it's place. They were the back bone of British rails industrial heritage and in all the engines the Stanier Black Five are my number one because of my child hood. "This is my opinion"
I saw it's return going past Westwood bridge around 18:23 on Saturday the 23rd January. All though it was dark it was great, the sound the smell, need I say more!
Is that Russell Grant on the left?
Here's the same Riley black5's to the rescue ... Some great childhood memories of the iconic locomotives.
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Russell's just there to predict when The Flying Scotsman is coming back!
No it's not Russell Grant lectriclegs..you fool with that silly comment.This gentleman is the driver/engineer of this great British engineering marvel, designed by Sir William Stanier.
Know what you mean Garry. Like Irene said in the previous picture 'you almost felt they were alive'. The reason being the men who built them and maintain them to this day , loved and cared for them so much that their heart and souls were embedded within their oil rags. Thanks for the picture John.
How beautifully worded, Kas, and how true.
Once again thank you for all the positive comments. Lectricleg, the driver is Steve Chipperfield NOT Russell Grant! Garry is right about MT standing for mixed traffic and it meant that the locomotive was equally rated for passenger and unbraked goods trains. The Jubilee class was 6P 5F which meant that it had more power for hauling passenger trains but the same braking ability as the Black 5 for freight trains.
I think we all appreciate the privilege of seeing these master built and restored engines and their drivers ( not just a select few). Surely the driver might smile if someone told him he had a fleeting resemblance to a certain celebrity. I think that's what was meant.
It all depends on witch celebrity it is. I mean you wouldn't want to look like a person you don't like, would you. If it was a handsome man then yes.
See what you mean Garry .......but you can't make a 'silk purse out of a sow's ear ,,! X