STANIER ‘5MT’ 4-6-0 No. 45305 ‘AL­DER­MAN A.E. DRAPER’

Steam Railway (UK) - - End-Of-Steam Survivors -

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...

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