44932 (LMS 4932 & BR 44932)


4932 was the first of the class to be built at Horwich in September 1945. In all 120 were built at Horwich at a cost of £9,500 each for the locomotive and tender, which was £3,000 more than for the first ones built at Crewe in 1935. It became 44932 following the nationalisation of the railways in 1948.

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date Arrived Depot
January 1948 Blackpool Central
January 1952 Accrington
February 1957 Agecroft
October 1959 Leicester Central
January 1960 Annesley
January 1963 Cricklewood
February 1963 Annesley
January 1965 Rose Grove
July 1965 Annesley
December 1965 Derby
May 1966 Rose Grove

44932 was officially withdrawn August 1968 from Rose Grove but had been in store at Carlisle Kingmoor for the previous eight months. At the end of steam on BR metal it was moved to Carnforth following its purchase as part of the establishment of Steamtown museum. It made an attractive purchase as it had only run for 5,000 miles since its last intermediate overhaul.

Steamtown was established by Dr Beet with financial support from Sir Bill McAlpine who became a shareholder in 1974 and subsequently acquired a controlling interest in the company. Steamtown closed in 1997 following sale of the site to David Smith who owns the West Coast Railway Company which now has its major based there.

Whilst Steamtown was open, and once the ban on operating steam trains on the main line was lifted in 1972, Carnforth was used as a base to operate trains to York and to Sellafield. The first test run took place to Ulverston with 44871 and 44932 preceded special trains to Barrow in Furness.

At this time 44932 was painted in Brunswick green livery which it had never previously worn.

When steamtown closed 44932 moved to the Midland Steam Centre at Butterley where it was completely overhauled.

By 2010 44932 was owned by David Smith and back in operation on the main line. Since then it was continued to operate on the main line, often from the West Coast Railway Company base at Southall.

The main line certificate is valid until 2017 and the boiler certificate to 2020 but the locomotive is currently undergoing an overhaul at Carnforth.

Home Base Current Status Owner
West Coast Railways – Southall Being overhauled at Carnforth David Smith
44932 at Glenfinnan - July 1986.jpg 44932 at Glenfinnan – July 1986
44932 at Northampton - March 2011.jpg 44932 at Northampton – March 2011
44932 Winwick-2014.jpg 44932 heads the Great Britain VII north through Winwick-2014

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