LMS Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 5305

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45305 running along Britain's only preserved double-track railway.

London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 No. 5305 (British Railways no. 45305) is a preserved British steam locomotive. In preservation, it has carried the name Alderman A.E. Draper, though it never carried this in service.

Service[edit]

5305 was built by Armstrong-Whitworth of Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1936, works No 1360. It spent most of its career based in North-West England. After nationalisation in 1948, British Railways renumbered it as 45305.

45305 survived to the last month of steam on British Railways. It was even a candidate for the well known Fifteen Guinea Special which ran on 11 August 1968 but on the night before the trip it was failed with a collapsed firebox brick arch and had to be replaced by engine 45110. 45305 was withdrawn from service at Lostock Hall shed in August of the same year.

Preservation[edit]

45305 was sold to scrap merchants Albert Drapers and Sons Ltd. of Hull. The owner of the scrapyard, A.E. Draper saved the engine, merely because it was the cleanest engine in the yard. The locomotive is still[when?] owned by the scrapyard but is looked after by the 5305 Locomotive Association.

5305, restored to original LMS livery was steamed again in 1976. In 1984, 5305 was named Alderman A E Draper by the Mayor of Hedon, Bill Tong. A.E. Draper was twice Mayor of Hedon and the Hedon coat of arms is on the nameplates. However, for reasons of authenticity, the engine does not always carry these nameplates.

In the 1986 season 5305 worked over the West Highland Line between Fort William and Mallaig, continuing the class's particular association with Scotland.

5305's boiler certificate expired in December 1994 and it was out of service until August 2003 when it returned to service, this time in BR guise as 45305. Since then 5305 has also had a mainline certificate and has been based on the preserved Great Central Railway in Leicestershire.

After suffering buffer beam damage at a 2006 Gala, 5305 spent 2006 in use at the GCR before being withdrawn for repairs, which were completed in October 2010. 5305 has now returned to service complete with a new 10 year boiler ticket and renewed mainline certificate.

In 2013, 5305 worked the Liverpool to Longsight and return leg of the Fifteen Guinea Special to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the ending of steam on British Railways on Sunday 11 August.

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