Following the success of the first two rebuilt ‘Claughton’ class engines, the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) in 1932 embarked upon a building programme of fifty more ‘Patriot’ class 5XP locomotives. The new 4-6-0 locomotives were at first referred to as ‘Baby Scots’, until officially named the ‘Patriot’ class in 1937. Two batches of the new 3 cylinder engines were built simultaneously, forty at Crewe and ten at Derby. In 1948 British Railways took all fifty-two ‘Patriot’ class engines into stock and subsequently eighteen of the class were rebuilt as ‘7P’ locomotives. Although successful in traffic and popular with engine crews and enthusiasts alike, no example of these trains survived into preservation.
This definitive work looks at the details associated with each member of the class and archive images of all fifty-two locomotives are featured. In addition to looking back this comprehensively researched and highly informative account of the LMS ‘Patriot’ class also details the plan to build the 53rd member of the class, to be known as locomotive No 45551 THE UNKNOWN WARRIOR.
With the subtitle celebrating the new National Memorial Locomotive regular Steam Railway contributor Keith Langston does just that in this new volume exploring the history and carers of the popular LMS Baby Scots.
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Designed by Sir Henry Fowler for the London, Midland & Scotland Railway (LMS), 52 'Patriot' class locomotives were built between 1930 and 1934. Originally nicknamed 'Baby Scots', to reflect... [read full review]Best of British Magazine
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About Keith Langston
Cheshire based KEITH LANGSTON is a widely published and highly respected photo journalist specialising in railway and other transport related subjects. His interest and vast knowledge of all things railway stem from being brought up in the North West of England as part of a railway family. Over the past 25 years he has operated as a contributor to heritage sector journals whilst establishing himself as an accomplished author in his own right. Keith has teamed up with Pen & Sword Books in order to produce the British Steam series for their Wharncliffe Transport Division. His British Steam titles to date have included: Past & Present, Patriot, BR Standards and Pacific Power, with others planned for release in 2013.
In addition Keith has produced two further books for Wharncliffe: Fred Dibnah a Tribute and Images of Fred Dibnah, both of which celebrate the life of the late TV personality steeplejack from Bolton, Lancashire.
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