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A Pic­to­rial Record Vol­ume One 45500-45525 BY PETER SIKES

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As well as build­ing its new ‘5XP’ No. 5551 The Un­known War­rior, the LMS-Pa­triot Project has also built up a huge col­lec­tion of ar­chive pho­to­graphs of the class – enough for not one but two al­bums, this be­ing the first.

Fea­tur­ing each mem­ber of the

class in nu­mer­i­cal or­der, along with a brief his­tory of the en­gine and the back­ground to its name, it mainly uses un­pub­lished pic­tures. As is to be ex­pected, their qual­ity varies, but all have re­pro­duced well – ‘self­pub­lished’ is of­ten an­other way of say­ing ‘low pro­duc­tion val­ues’, but not in this case.

It cap­tures the char­ac­ter of these chunky, squared-off ma­chines to per­fec­tion, es­pe­cially the study of No. 45507 Royal Tank Corps on shed at Pre­ston – or­di­nary ‘front three-quar­ter’ though it is, it some­how stood out – and Dick Blenk­in­sop’s su­perb photo of No. 45509 The Der­byshire Yeo­manry at Glouces­ter East­gate a few pages on.

A fine trib­ute to this much­missed class, and a tasty ap­pe­tiser of what we can look for­ward to – both in the sec­ond in­stal­ment and when No. 5551 steams. (TJ)

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