STANIER ‘5MT’ 4-6-0 No. 45407 ‘THE LAN­CASHIRE FUSILIER’

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

Af­ter a fi­nal star­ring role on the RCTS ‘End of Steam Com­mem­o­ra­tive Railtour’ of Au­gust 4 1968, No. 45407 passed into preser­va­tion at Steam­town Carn­forth, where it briefly car­ried a pseudo-Fur­ness Rail­way In­dian Red liv­ery – though the shade was more or­ange!

It re­turned to the main line in the 1970s, and from 1975 to 1997 be­came known as ‘Paddy’s En­gine’ af­ter its owner, Paddy Smith. To­day it is well known as one of Ian Ri­ley’s main line-reg­is­tered ‘Black Five’ col­lec­tion (see also Nos. 44871 and 45212). Plans to re­place its frame plates with new steel have been put on the back burner.

Sta­tus: Op­er­a­tional Lo­ca­tion: Main line Owner: Ian Ri­ley Built: Arm­strong Whit­worth, Septem­ber 1937 With­drawn: Lo­s­tock Hall, Au­gust 1968

JOHN BARRANCE

Cur­rently run­ning as No. 45157 The Glas­gow High­lander to mark that reg­i­ment’s 150th an­niver­sary year, No. 45407 ap­proaches Beas­dale No. 2 tun­nel with the af­ter­noon ‘Ja­co­bite’ on May 15. To­gether with the blue smoke­box num­ber­plate, a ‘Royal High­lander’...

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