LMSR 4-6-0 locomotives - MikeMorant
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This sort of image does far more for me than plain-Jane loco portraits as it places so much in the context of the time. Where was it taken? Peter Tatlow has identified it as Inverness and John Clayson adds that the box's name was Welsh's Bridge. The only identifiable loco is Stanier 5MT 5163, one of those built by Armstrong Whitworth and depicted here with snow plough fitted. The other engines appear to be a Caley 0-6-0 and a Caley 0-6-0T but neither has a legible number. The allegedly unsightly white splodge that mars the centre of the image is actually leaking steam and not a blemish on the negative.
5163 entered LMS service in August 1935 and acquired its BR number 45163 in October 1948 whilst allocated to Perth mpd. Allocation to Corkerhiil followed in 1950 and then on to Carlisle Kingmoor in 1952 where she remained until withdrawal in May 1965. This engine survived into the heritage era and restoration is ongoing at the Colne Valley Railway's premises in Essex.