SR N15 class 777 Sir Lamiel

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SR 777 Sir Lamiel
Restored locomotive Sir Lamiel 2011-07-20.jpg
777 Sir Lamiel near Redmire, 30 July 2011
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer Robert Urie / Richard Maunsell
Builder North British Locomotive Company
Serial number 23223
Build date June 1925
Specifications
Configuration 4-6-0
UIC class 2′C h2
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Leading dia. 3 feet 1 inch (0.940 m)
Driver dia. 6 feet 7 inches (2.007 m)
Length 66 feet 5 34 inches (20.263 m)
Loco weight 80 long tons 19 cwt (181,300 lb or 82.2 t)
Fuel type Coal
Boiler pressure 200 psi (1.38 MPa)
Cylinders Two, outside
Cylinder size 20 12 in × 28 in (520 mm × 710 mm)
Performance figures
Tractive effort 23,900 lbf (106.31 kN)
Career
Operators
Class
  • LSWR: N15
  • SR / BR: N15 King Arthur
Power class
  • LSWR / SR: A
  • BR: 5P
Withdrawn October 1961
Current owner National Collection
Disposition Awaiting overhaul

Southern Railway 777 Sir Lamiel is an N15 “King Arthur” class 4-6-0 steam locomotive built for the Southern Railway by the North British Locomotive Company in June 1925, and withdrawn from service in October 1961. The locomotive is named after a fictional minor Knight of the Round Table named Lamiel of Cardiff. Lamiel is mentioned in Book XIX of Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, where it is said he was "a great lover".[1]

Sir Lamiel is now preserved and is part of the National Collection, under the care of the 5305 Locomotive Association, and is based at the Great Central Railway in Leicestershire.[2]

The loco is now running regular passenger services on the preserved section of the Great Central Railway, where it is based. It appeared (as a Great Western engine) in the ITV crime drama series Agatha Christie's Poirot. Series 3 episodes: The Plymouth Express and The Double Clue broadcast in 1991. In 1995 it featured in the BBC television play Cruel Train, an adaptation of the novel La Bête Humaine telling a tale of a murderous engine driver.[3]

Following repair work at Tyseley and Loughborough in October 2012 emerged in Southern Railway malachite livery as 777 for the first time having previously carried Southern Railway olive green as 777 and in British Railways Brunswick green as 30777 in preservation and at the GCR Autumn gala ran and at some stages double headed with fellow Maunsell and malachite engine SR V Schools class 925 Cheltenham.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Malory, Sir Thomas Le Morte d'Arthur, Book XIX: Chapter XI.
  2. ^ "30777 Sir Lamiel". 5305 Locomotive Association. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "30777 "Sir Lamiel"". Locomotives of the Great Central Railway. Great Central Railway. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 

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