LMS Jubilee Class 5690 Leander

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London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) Jubilee Class No. 5690 (BR No. 45690) Leander is a preserved British steam locomotive.

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5690 was built at Crewe in March 1936 and named Leander after HMS Leander, which in turn was named after the Greek hero Leander. After nationalisation in 1948, it was renumbered 45690 by British Railways, and based at the former LMS engine shed at Bristol (Barrow Road).

After being withdrawn in 1964, Leander was sold to Woodham Brothers scrapyard in Barry, South Wales. Rescued by Brian Oliver in May 1972, it was restored by the Leander Locomotive Society at Derby and later kept at the Dinting Railway Museum, Glossop. After later purchase by and running on the Severn Valley Railway, Leander was sold to Dr Peter Beet, and restored to running condition on the East Lancashire Railway. As of 2008, Leander was still owned by the Beet family,[1] and operated by the West Coast Railway Company from their Carnforth base.

In 2008 Leander provided motive power for the Scarborough Spa Express heritage service. It also spent October at the Great Central Railway "Steam Railway" gala, alongside BR Standard 7 Britannia Class, No.70013 Oliver Cromwell and LNER Peppercorn A1 No.60163 Tornado.

In September 2010 Leander visited the Severn Valley Railway (SVR) for their 40th anniversary Autumn steam gala alongside fellow visiting locomotives and former Severn Valley based engines GWR 2251 Class 0-6-0 No. 3205, GWR 3700 Class 4-4-0 No. 3717 City of Truro, GWR 4575 Class 2-6-2T No. 5542 and SR West Country pacific 4-6-2 No. 34070 Manston. Leander departed from the SVR at the beginning of October hauling the Severn Valley Limited to Blackpool North one way only as the locomotive was en route to the East Lancashire Railway for a few weeks stay during their Autumn Steam Gala. Shortly afterwards, Leander returned to Carnforth and mainline operation.

In April 2012 Leander was withdrawn early for overhaul due to its poor condition and the urgent requirement of a full overhaul. There was debate during the overhaul as it was thought the engine would return to traffic in BR green, but this was however proved wrong as the engine returned in October 2014 in British Railway's lined black. Leander is right now[when?] undergoing testing before returning to mainline traffic for the 2015 season and working 2 double headed tours along with fellow preserved engine 45699 Galatea.

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  1. ^ "LMS JUBILEE CLASS "LEANDER" VISIT ANNOUNCED!". gcrailway.co.uk. 2008-09-09. Retrieved 2008-11-02. [dead link]

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