STANIER ‘5MT’ 4-6-0 No. 45305 ‘ALDERMAN A.E. DRAPER’
Photographers of the Master Neverers Association, and other enthusiasts who kept No. 45305 looking presentable in its last months of service, unwittingly contributed to its survival. It was sent to Albert Draper’s scrapyard in Hull, but escaped the fate of so many classmates when he decided to preserve a locomotive – and chose No. 45305 because it was the cleanest in the yard. Now looked after by the 5305 Locomotive Association, the engine has been a popular performer on the main line and more recently at the Great Central Railway.
It is currently undergoing firebox repairs, but final re-staying has been held-up by the unavailability of a coded welder, and is therefore a doubt for the GCR’s end of steam event in August.
Status: Under repair – expected to steam summer 2018 Location: Great Central Railway Owner: Draper family (in custody of 5305 Locomotive Association) Built: Armstrong Whitworth, January 1937 Withdrawn: Lostock Hall, August 1968
1968 celebrities meet at Swithland Sidings during the Great Central Railway’s winter gala on January 28 2017, as Oliver Cromwell overtakes No. 45305 standing in the loop with a mixed goods train. This event was the last time the ‘Black Five’ steamed...