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Black 5 joins us for a Summer Holiday!

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. 

The 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 Wales.

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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