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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 3rd February, 2016)


The driver of the train standing in platform 5

Photo: John Morris  (Nikon D700)
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Comment by: Dave (Oy) on 3rd February 2016 at 00:02

Nice shot!

45407 - Lancashire Fusilier :)

Comment by: Jim Latham on 3rd February 2016 at 00:46

Black 5 number 45407 at Wigan North Western a couple of weeks ago, at about 7.20am.
Replacement for Flying Scotsman.

Comment by: Ken R on 3rd February 2016 at 01:09

Nice photo. Was this the second loco, not seen very well in the first photo?

Comment by: Helen on 3rd February 2016 at 07:54

Ahhhhhh.....brings back the memory of climbing up onto the footplate of The Fellsman at Carlisle Station. Great photo!

Comment by: Garry on 3rd February 2016 at 09:49

Yes Ken this was the second engine of the double header.

Comment by: irene roberts on 3rd February 2016 at 09:53

My brother worked at Springs Branch and used to take me up on the footplate to see the coal being shovelled into the fire. Can you imagine "Health and Safety's" reaction today? And I never caught any harm!

Comment by: Garry on 3rd February 2016 at 10:24

Your all wondering what does 5MT mean. Well 5MT means this Stanier Black five can haul Passenger coaches and Freight wagons. In other words MT means Mixed Traffic.These Black fives served British Rail well, and were very popular around Wigan and the North-West, LMS.
The Flying Scotsman was/is a great Steam engine no ifs or buts, but lets remember it's grass roots the North-East, LNER. I was not too disappointed not to see the Flying Scotsman, when I learn two Great other engines of my child hood were in it's place. They were the back bone of British rails industrial heritage and in all the engines the Stanier Black Five are my number one because of my child hood. "This is my opinion"

Comment by: Garry on 3rd February 2016 at 10:32

I saw it's return going past Westwood bridge around 18:23 on Saturday the 23rd January. All though it was dark it was great, the sound the smell, need I say more!

Comment by: lectriclegs on 3rd February 2016 at 14:05

Is that Russell Grant on the left?

Comment by: britboy on 3rd February 2016 at 14:10

Here's the same Riley black5's to the rescue ... Some great childhood memories of the iconic locomotives.


If the link doesn't work then it's copy and paste this......

Comment by: Vb on 3rd February 2016 at 14:33

Russell's just there to predict when The Flying Scotsman is coming back!

Comment by: Garry on 3rd February 2016 at 16:39

No it's not Russell Grant fool with that silly comment.This gentleman is the driver/engineer of this great British engineering marvel, designed by Sir William Stanier.

Comment by: Kas on 3rd February 2016 at 16:51

Know what you mean Garry. Like Irene said in the previous picture 'you almost felt they were alive'. The reason being the men who built them and maintain them to this day , loved and cared for them so much that their heart and souls were embedded within their oil rags. Thanks for the picture John.

Comment by: irene roberts on 3rd February 2016 at 20:32

How beautifully worded, Kas, and how true.

Comment by: John Morris on 3rd February 2016 at 22:14

Once again thank you for all the positive comments. Lectricleg, the driver is Steve Chipperfield NOT Russell Grant! Garry is right about MT standing for mixed traffic and it meant that the locomotive was equally rated for passenger and unbraked goods trains. The Jubilee class was 6P 5F which meant that it had more power for hauling passenger trains but the same braking ability as the Black 5 for freight trains.

Comment by: Vb on 4th February 2016 at 12:25

I think we all appreciate the privilege of seeing these master built and restored engines and their drivers ( not just a select few). Surely the driver might smile if someone told him he had a fleeting resemblance to a certain celebrity. I think that's what was meant.

Comment by: Garry on 4th February 2016 at 14:53

It all depends on witch celebrity it is. I mean you wouldn't want to look like a person you don't like, would you. If it was a handsome man then yes.

Comment by: Vb on 5th February 2016 at 09:24

See what you mean Garry .......but you can't make a 'silk purse out of a sow's ear ,,! X

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