STANIER ‘5MT’ 4-6-0 No. 45212
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line Owner: Keighley & Worth Valley Railway (on ten-year loan to Ian Riley) Built: Armstrong Whitworth, November 1935 Withdrawn: Lostock Hall, August 1968
No. 45212 double-heads with Flying Scotsman at Cheddington on June 18.