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The Patriot Class was a class of 52 express passenger steam locomotives built for the London Midland and Scottish Railway. The first locomotive of the class was built in 1930 and the last in 1934. All of the Patriot class locomotives were withdrawn from service by 1965. The class was based on the chassis of the Royal Scot combined with the boiler from Large Claughtons earning them the nickname Baby Scots.

Overview

The first two were rebuilt in 1930 from the 1912-built LNWR Large Claughton Class, retaining the original driving wheels with their large bosses, the "double radial" bogie truck and some other parts. Of the subsequent 50 locomotives of the class 40 were nominal rebuilds of Claughtons, being in fact new builds classified as rebuilt engines so that they could be charged to revenue accounts, rather than capital. The last ten were classified as new builds.

The two former Claughtons retained their original numbers until 1934, when they were renumbered 5500–1.[1] The 40 built as replacements took the numbers of the Claughtons that they replaced; these were renumbered 5502–41 in 1934.[2] The remainder of the class were allocated nos. 6030–9, but were numbered 5542–51 from new.[3] BR added 40000 to their numbers to make them 45500–51. The numbering of the similar LMS Jubilee Class continued on from where the Patriots left off. This was because 5552–5556 were ordered as Patriots (to be numbered 6040–4) but built with taper boilers as Jubilees on the orders of Sir William Stanier.[4]

Naming of the class was somewhat erratic. Some retained old Claughton names, whilst others continued the military associations of the names Patriot and St Dunstans, and 13 carried names of holiday resorts served by the LMS. Seven remained unnamed, although they had been allocated names in 1943.

Between 1946 and 1948 eighteen were rebuilt with Stanier 2A boiler, cab and tender, though again these were paper rebuilds. The rebuilt engines were (4)5512/14/21–23/25–32/34–36/45. These were originally built without smoke deflectors but starting in 1948 were fitted with LMS Royal Scot Class pattern deflectors. The two original members of the class, and the first ten of the nominal rebuilds, were not rebuilt due to their non-standard parts.

All were withdrawn between 1960 and 1965. None have survived to preservation.

In 2007 a proposal to build a new LMS Patriot, using the surviving drawings, was published in the 13 July issue of Steam Railway magazine. This led to the formation of a Limited Company with charitable status.

Accidents and incidents

  • On 13 March 1935, a milk train was in a rear-end collision with an express freight train at King's Langley, Hertfordshire due to a signalman's error. Locomotive No. 5511 was hauling a freight train that collided with the wreckaged. A fourth freight train then ran into the wreck. One person was killed.[5]
  • On 16 October 1939, locomotive No. 5544 was hauling a train that was in a collision with another train at Winwick Junction, Cheshire and was derailed.[6]
  • On 13 October 1940, locomotive No. 5529 was hauling an express passenger train that collided with a platform barrow obstructing the line at Wembley Central station, Middlesex and was derailed. Several people were killed and many more were injured.[7]

Details

Pre-
1934
LMS
No.
Post
1934
LMS
No.
(BR +
40000
)
Name (date if not from new) Built Works Rebuilt Withdrawn Notes
5971 5500 Patriot (Feb. 1937) November 1930 Derby March 1961 Original name – Croxteth.
5902 5501 St. Dunstans (1937) November 1930 Derby September 1961 Original name – Sir Frank Ree.
5959 5502 Royal Naval Division (1937) July 1932 Crewe September 1960
5985 5503 The Leicestershire Regiment (1938) July 1932 Crewe August 1961 The Royal Leicestershire Regiment from Nov. 1948.
5987 5504 Royal Signals (1937) July 1932 Crewe March 1962
5949 5505 The Royal Army Ordnance Corps (1947) August 1932 Crewe June 1962
5974 5506 The Royal Pioneer Corps (Sep. 1948) August 1932 Crewe March 1962
5936 5507 Royal Tank Corps (1937) August 1932 Crewe October 1962
6010 5508 August 1932 Crewe November 1960 Fitted with stovepipe chimney in 1956.
6005 5509 The Derbyshire Yeomanry (1951) August 1932 Crewe August 1961
6012 5510 August 1932 Crewe June 1962
5942 5511 Isle of Man (1938) September 1932 Crewe February 1961
5966 5512 Bunsen September 1932 Crewe July 1948 March 1965
5958 5513 September 1932 Crewe September 1962 1943 name allocated: Sir W.A. Stanier.
5983 5514 Holyhead (1938) September 1932 Crewe March 1947 June 1961
5992 5515 Caernarvon (1939) October 1932 Crewe June 1962
5982 5516 The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. (1938) October 1932 Crewe August 1961
5952 5517 February 1933 Crewe June 1962
6006 5518 Bradshaw (1939) February 1933 Crewe October 1962
6008 5519 Lady Godiva February 1933 Crewe March 1962
5954 5520 Llandudno (1937) February 1933 Derby May 1962
5933 5521 Rhyl (1937) March 1933 Derby November 1946 September 1963
5973 5522 Prestatyn (1939) March 1933 Derby January 1949 September 1964
6026 5523 Bangor (1938) March 1933 Crewe October 1948 January 1964
5907 5524 Blackpool (1937) March 1933 Crewe September 1962 Original name Sir Frederick Harrison.
5916 5525 Colwyn Bay (1937) March 1933 Derby August 1948 May 1963 Original name E. Tootal Broadhurst.
5963 5526 Morecambe and Heysham (1937) March 1933 Derby February 1947 October 1964
5944 5527 Southport (1937) April 1933 Derby September 1948 December 1964
5996 5528 R.E.M.E. (Sep. 1959) April 1933 Derby September 1948 January 1963 Only rebuilt engine to run without name.
5926 5529 Stephenson (1948) April 1933 Crewe July 1947 February 1964 Original name Sir Herbert Walker K.C.B. until 1937.
6022 5530 Sir Frank Ree (1937) April 1933 Crewe October 1946 December 1965 Name transferred from 5501.
6027 5531 Sir Frederick Harrison (1937) April 1933 Crewe December 1947 November 1965 Name transferred from 5524.
Painted experimental Apple Green livery 1948.
6011 5532 Illustrious April 1933 Crewe June 1948 February 1964
5905 5533 Lord Rathmore April 1933 Derby September 1962
5935 5534 E. Tootal Broadhurst (1937) April 1933 Crewe December 1948 May 1964 Name transferred from 5525.
5997 5535 Sir Herbert Walker K.C.B. (1937) May 1933 Derby September 1948 November 1963 Name transferred from 5529.
6018 5536 Private W. Wood V.C. (1936) May 1933 Crewe November 1948 December 1962
6015 5537 Private E. Sykes V.C. July 1933 Crewe June 1962
6000 5538 Giggleswick (1938) July 1933 Crewe September 1962
5925 5539 E. C. Trench July 1933 Crewe September 1961
5901 5540 Sir Robert Turnbull August 1933 Crewe October 1947 April 1963 Painted experimental Apple Green livery 1948.
5903 5541 Duke of Sutherland August 1933 Crewe June 1962
5542 March 1934 Crewe June 1962
5543 Home Guard (1940) March 1934 Crewe November 1962
5544 March 1934 Crewe November 1962
5545 Planet (1948) March 1934 Crewe November 1948 June 1964
5546 Fleetwood (1938) March 1934 Crewe June 1962
5547 April 1934 Crewe September 1962
5548 Lytham St. Annes (1937) April 1934 Crewe June 1962
5549 April 1934 Crewe June 1962 1943 name allocated: R.A.M.C.
5550 May 1934 Crewe November 1962 1943 name allocated: Sir Henry Fowler
5551 The Unknown Warrior. May 1934 Crewe June 1962 Replica under construction.

New Build Patriot Locomotive - 'The Unknown Warrior'

The chassis of Newbuild LMS Patriot 4-6-0 no 45551 The Unknown Warrior inside the shed at Llangollen.

No Patriot in either rebuilt or unrebuilt form survived into preservation, however a new 'Patriot' is under construction at the Llangollen Railway. The LMS-Patriot Project,[8] a registered charity, is intending to build the new, 3 cylinder, Fowler designed, parallel boiler, 4-6-0 express passenger loco. It will carry the number of the last built – LMS number 5551 or British Railways number 45551. After a public poll, the new Patriot locomotive will be named The Unknown Warrior, whose tomb is located in Westminster Abbey.

The engine currently wears crimson lake on the left side of its cab and BR Green on the right, showing what it would look like in either livery when it is running. In November 2016 the society announced that the first livery that The Unknown Warrior will wear upon completion is LMS crimson lake with both LMS and BR Black to follow alongside BR Green.

In fiction

This class of engine forms the basis of Big City Engine from the Railway Series of children's books by the Rev. W. Awdry.

00 Gauge Models

Bachmann Industries make a model of the original Patriot. Hornby introduced an original Patriot in the 1980s that has remained in production and now forms part of the 'Railroad' budget range.

Rebuilt Patriots were for a time produced by Bachmann, but they discontinued the old moulding and do not intend to produce a new moulding, as Hornby have released Rebuilt Patriots in their own main range.

References

  • Earnshaw, Alan (1990). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 6. Penryn: Atlantic Books. ISBN 0-906899-37-0. 
  • Hall, Stanley (1990). The Railway Detectives. London: Ian Allan. ISBN 0 7110 1929 0. 
  • Hugh Longworth British Railway Steam Locomotives 1948-1968 ISBN 0-86093-593-0
  • Nock, O. S. Royal Scots and Patriots of the LMS. 
  • Rowledge, J.W.P. (1975). Engines of the LMS built 1923–51. Oxford: Oxford Publishing Company. ISBN 0-902888-59-5. 
  • Toms, George; Essery, R.J.; James, F. (2006). Historical Locomotive Monographs No. 3: Claughton & Patriot 4-6-0s. Didcot: Wild Swan. ISBN 1-905184-19-0. 
  • Whiteley, John S.; Morrison, Gavin W. The Power of the Patriots. ISBN 0-86093-232-X. 

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