Black 5 joins us for a Summer Holiday!
We've got a visiting engine for the Summer!
Subject to a
final signed hire agreement, Black 5 No. 45231 The Sherwood Forester will be based on the Severn Valley Railway this summer.
locomotive is planned to arrive at the railway in mid-July, staying with us
until late September 2018. The added bonus of this timing is that No. 45231 will be
available for the Last Days of Steam event on August 4th, and it will
also join the cast of locomotives for our Autumn Steam Gala from September 20th - 23rd.
The Sherwood Forester was originally known only as No. 5231, the
number given to her by the London Midland and Scottish Railway Company
(LMS) when she was built in 1936. She spent the early years of her life
based in Manchester, working both passenger and freight trains to North
The 'Black Fives' were built by the LMS as mixed
traffic engines, hence their designation 5MT. Over 800 were built,
making them one of the most numerous classes of steam locomotive ever
built, being deployed across the network as far south as London to the
farthest reaches of the Scottish Highlands.
Our very own Black 5 No. 45110 is currently based in The Engine House at Highley.
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