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BR/LMS Stanier Coronation Class No. 46225 at Carlisle Kingmoor Shed 1964

BR/LMS Stanier Coronation Class No. 46225 at Carlisle Kingmoor Shed 1964 - Low Resolution Image

BR/LMS Stanier Coronation Class 4-6-2 Pacific No. 46225 'Duchess of Gloucester' at Carlisle Kingmoor Shed on 17th May 1964. Built at Crewe Works in May 1938 and originally streamlined, it was withdrawn from 12B Carlisle Upperby shed in September 1964 and cut up by Arnott Young, Troon in October 1964.

The London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) Coronation Class was a class of express passenger steam locomotives designed by William Stanier. They were an enlarged version of the LMS Princess Royal Class. Several examples were originally built as streamlined, though this was later removed. The non-streamlined locomotives were often referred to as Duchesses, though to enginemen they were often known as Big Lizzies.

The first five locomotives, Nos. 6220-6224, were built in 1937 at Crewe. They were streamlined and painted Caledonian Railway blue with silver horizontal lines to match the Coronation Scot train they were built to haul. The second five locomotives of the class, Nos. 6225-6229, were also streamlined, but were painted in the more traditional crimson lake, with gilt horizontal lining. This was to match the standard LMS stock and a planned brand new Coronation train made up of articulated coaches.

The streamlining was removed from the fitted locomotives from 1946 onwards. It had been found to be of little value at speeds below 90 mph, and was unpopular with running shed employees as it caused difficulty of access for maintenance. Only three locomotives were still streamlined at the end of the LMS period and they had been stripped by the end of 1949. Only 46243 City of Lancaster carried its British Railways number while streamlined.

They were the most powerful passenger steam locomotives ever to be built for the British railway network, estimated at 3300 horsepower and making them far more powerful than the diesel engines that replaced them.

Three Duchesses have been preserved. (4)6229 Duchess of Hamilton, (4)6233 Duchess of Sutherland have both been in service on main line railtours. The third locomotive completed, (4)6235 City of Birmingham, was the centrepiece in the now defunct Birmingham science museum. The locomotive was put in place and the museum built around her. (4)6235 is now located at ThinkTank in Birmingham.

Following a successful appeal run by Steam Railway Magazine, 46229 has been re-streamlined. The locomotive was moved to Tyseley Locomotive Works, where the work was carried out. The project was completed in 2009, and the locomotive returned to York on 18 May, now wearing her pre-war number 6229 and taking her place at the heart of a new National Railway Museum temporary exhibition.

A trainspotter, Howie Milburn, can be seen in the cab wearing a pullover.

Date Photo Taken 17/05/1964
Date Uploaded 11/07/2014
Image Owner/Copyright Howie Milburn
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Steam Loco Information for BR/LMS Stanier Coronation Class No. 46225 at Carlisle Kingmoor Shed 1964 - Low Resolution Image

Steam Loco Class Information for BR/LMS Stanier Coronation Class No. 46225 at Carlisle Kingmoor Shed 1964 - Low Resolution Image

Steam Shed Information for BR/LMS Stanier Coronation Class No. 46225 at Carlisle Kingmoor Shed 1964 - Low Resolution Image


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