STANIER ‘5MT’ 4-6-0 No. 45212

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Amid all the his­tor­i­cal mile­stones set by the ‘Black Fives’ on these pages, No. 45212 can lay claim to two – work­ing BR’s penul­ti­mate steam-hauled ser­vice train, and then per­form­ing the very last timetabled steam duty, namely shunt­ing and heat­ing two coaches from the 11.45pm ex-Eus­ton sleep­ing car train.

Se­lected as one of the best ‘5MTs’ left at Lo­s­tock Hall, No. 45212 made it safely into preser­va­tion at the Keigh­ley & Worth Val­ley Rail­way, where it chalked up an­other mo­ment of ‘glory’ cov­ered in wall­pa­per for a TV ad­ver­tise­ment. How­ever, its later preser­va­tion his­tory has largely been spent in the hands of oth­ers; it was re­turned to steam in 2002 in a ‘re­store and run’ deal with the North York­shire Moors Rail­way, while its most re­cent over­haul was car­ried out by Ian Ri­ley, who has put it back on the main line un­der a ten-year loan agree­ment.

Hav­ing ven­tured to Scot­land for ‘Ja­co­bite’ du­ties last year, No. 45212 has more re­cently been based at Southall for Rail­way Tour­ing Com­pany and Steam Dreams Rail Co. du­ties, but it was back up north to take part in its home rail­way’s 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions in June. It has now re­turned to Fort Wil­liam and is due for tyre turn­ing in Septem­ber.

Sta­tus: Op­er­a­tional Lo­ca­tion: Main line Owner: Keigh­ley & Worth Val­ley Rail­way (on ten-year loan to Ian Ri­ley) Built: Arm­strong Whit­worth, Novem­ber 1935 With­drawn: Lo­s­tock Hall, Au­gust 1968

GRA­HAM NUTTAL

No. 45212 dou­ble-heads with Fly­ing Scots­man at Ched­ding­ton on June 18.

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