LMSR 4-6-0 locomotives - MikeMorant
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This picture of LMSR Stanier 'Black 5' no. 5018 is a superb portrait taken at Carlisle but the markings on the locomotive are something of a mystery. The smokebox door's number plate states that the number is 5018 but the cabside number is M5018 whilst the tender is bedecked with BRITISH RAILWAYS in full. My database tells me that its BR number, 45018, was applied in March 1950. Perhaps all that can be explained by an afianado of that sort of thing. The shed plate isn't quite legible but it is almost certainly 28A (Motherwell) which is where 5018 was allocated to between October 1947 and December 1949.