LMS Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 5231

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London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 No. 5231 (British Railways no. 45231) is a preserved British steam locomotive. In preservation, it has carried both the names 3rd (Volunteer) Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment and The Sherwood Forester, though it never carried either of these in service.

Service[edit]

5231 was built by Armstrong-Whitworth in 1936. She spent most of her early life at Patricroft shed, working mainly to North Wales and Leeds. After nationalisation in 1948, she was renumbered 45231 by British Railways.

She was transferred to Northampton in October 1954, but was only officially there for a month — such allocation changes were often only carried out on paper — and then transferred to Aston, where she remained for nine years. 45231 was officially transferred to Rugby in February 1963, but was moved a short time later (July) to Chester. She stayed at Chester until closure of Chester shed in April 1967. She was then transferred to Speke Junction and finally Carnforth, where 45231 lasted until the last day of steam on BR in August 1968.

She was sold by BR directly into preservation and was restored at Carnforth to LMS livery.

This locomotive was one of a total of 842 with five of its class having "names" 45154 - Lanarkshire Yeomanry, 45156, Ayrshire Yeomanry, 45157, The Glasgow Highlander, 45158 The Glasgow Yeomanry. (This information was taken from Ian Allan's The ABC of British Railway Locomotives. Winter 1956/7 edition.)

Preservation[edit]

Locomotive 45231 is seen at Fort William Railway Station running around after hauling The Jacobite from Mallaig.

After being initially preserved at Carnforth, 5231 became associated with the preserved Great Central Railway in Leicestershire. In 1973 she hauled the official opening train between Loughborough and Quorn. On 9 May 1976 she was named 3rd (Volunteer) Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment at Quorn. She was taken out of service the following year for an overhaul.

Overhauled in Cornwall, and was complete in 1988, when she returned to the GCR. She then moved to the Nene Valley Railway from 1989 until 1993, when she returned to the GCR for the filming of Shadowlands. 5231 was sold to the GCR in late 1996, who repainted it in BR lined black in 1997. She also acquired a new set of nameplates, this time more simply The Sherwood Forester. A very similar name was carried by LMS Royal Scot Class (4)6112: Sherwood Forester.

The loco is now owned by Bert Hitchen and the loco has recently returned to traffic after a major overhaul was carried out at Carnforth MPD

45231 has also been used in both of the Fifteen Guinea Special re-runs in recent years, in 2008 she worked alongside sister engine 45407 When they double headed the train from Carlisle back as far as Blackburn where 45231 then worked the train alone back to Liverpool Lime Street.

For the 2013 re-run she worked alongside another of her class 44932, this time she was pilot engine and the duo worked the train back from Carlisle to Longsight in Manchester, (the original route from Manchester Victoria being closed due to ongoing electrification)

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