LMS Jubilee Class 5699 Galatea
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Galatea at Carlisle after working The Dalesman from Hellifield.
5699 was built at Crewe in April 1936 and named Galatea after HMS Galatea, which in turn was named after the Galatea of mythology. After nationalisation in 1948, it was renumbered 45699 by British Railways.
From new it was allocated to Newton Heath shed in Manchester where it was to remain until October 1937 when it was transferred to Millhouses in Sheffield, it was to remain here for almost the whole duration of World War II as it wasn't transferred again until November 1944 when it was re-allocated to Derby. Further transfers were to follow in 1946 when it was to be transferred to Nottingham and Holbeck, Leeds. British Railways took over operation of Britain's railway network in 1948, it was re-numbered from its four-digit LMS number (5699) to its current five-digit number (45699) and in May was transferred to Bristol Barrow Road.
On 16 August 1953, Galatea was derailed whilst hauling a passenger train at Wilnecote. The derailment was caused by a combination of defects on the locomotive itself, and the condition of the track. Despite the locomotive ending up on its side, only two people were reported injured and it was hardly damaged.
Its final shed allocation was at Shrewsbury and it was to remain here until November 1964 when it was withdrawn from service. After withdrawal it was stored at Eastleigh Works in December 1964 and remained there until January of the following year when it was moved by rail to Barry Scrapyard.
Allocations & History
The locations of 45699 on particular dates.
|18 April 1936 (First Shed)||Newton Heath|
|2 October 1937||Millhouses|
|4 November 1944||Derby|
|12 October 1946||Nottingham|
|3 November 1946||Holbeck, Leeds, 22A then 55A|
|29 May 1948||Bristol Barrow Road, 22A then 82E|
|9 October 1961 (Final Shed)||Shrewsbury, 84G then 89A|
|21 November 1964||Withdrawn|
|December 1964||Stored at Eastleigh Works|
|January 1965||Transferred to Barry Scrapyard|
|April 1980||Purchased for Preservation.|
|April 2013||Restored to working order|
Galatea was rescued in April 1980 from Woodham Brothers scrapyard in Barry, South Wales by the late Brian Oliver and was moved to The Severn Valley Railway originally to provide a spare boiler for preserved sister engine 45690 Leander.
45699 was at Tyseley Locomotive Works until 2002 when it was sold to the West Coast Railway Company and moved to Steamtown Carnforth where it was given a complete rebuild. This also included the manufacturing of a new middle driving wheel after the original was cut through after a shunting accident at Barry Island.
45699 returned to steam in April 2013 on test runs around the Hellifield circle. When 45699 emerged on its first test run it was wearing the identity of its fellow class member No. 5690 Leander. Galatea made its railtour debut on 19 May 2013 working a private charter from King's Lynn to Norwich. It is as of 2016[update] operating on the main line working steam specials and is still wearing its British Railways maroon livery.
- Reed, W.P. (1954). "Report on the Derailment which occurred on 16 August 1953 between Wilnecote and Kingsbury" (PDF). Ministry of Transport.
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