45593 Kolhapur (LMS 5593 & BR 45593)

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The locomotive was built in 1934 as LMS 5593 by North British Locomotive Co. at Queens Park, Glasgow.

The North British Locomotive Company (NBL, NB Loco or North British) was created in 1903 through the merger of three Glasgow locomotive manufacturing companies; Sharp, Stewart and Company (Atlas Works), Neilson, Reid and Company (Hyde Park Works) and Dübs and Company (Queens Park Works), creating the largest locomotive manufacturing company in Europe and the British Empire.

In 1936 it was named Kolhapur after Kolhapur, a princely state in western India.

Initially built with a low degree superheat domeless boiler, 5593 received a domed boiler in April 1937.

5593 hauled the train carrying Winston Churchill from Liverpool on his return from talks with President Roosevelt in 1942.

After nationalisation in January 1948 it was renumbered 45593 by British Railways in December of that year.

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date Arrived Depot
January 1948 Longsight
June 1951 Preston
September 1951 Carlisle Upperby
September 1960 Carlisle Kingmoor
May 1961 Willesden
June 1961 Aston
November 1963 Burton
September 1964 Patricroft
January 1965 Newton Heath
April 1965 Leeds Holbeck

 

At Leeds Holbeck it was kept there in good condition to work railtours over the Settle-Carlisle Railway. The locomotive was also given a yellow cabside warning stripe to indicate that it was barred from the electrified West Coast Main Line south of Crewe where it was out-of-gauge. Kolhapur was withdrawn in October 1967.

45593 was bought in good condition January 1968 by the then Standard Gauge Steam Trust (now 7029 Clun Castle Ltd) and moved to Tyseley Railway Museum. It was restored during the 1980s to LMS maroon livery and it returned to main line running at the head of HRH The Duke of Gloucester’s Royal Train from Tyseley to Birmingham Moor Street on 5th June 1985.

In 1994 it temporarily assumed the identity and special livery of scrapped sister and class pioneer 5552 Silver Jubilee for the silver jubilee of the preserved Great Central Railway.

45593 was repainted into BR green in 1995.

The engine is currently in need of a full overhaul at Tyseley Locomotive Works. The overhaul will commence when 7029 Clun castle has been returned to traffic.

Home Base Current Status Owner
Tyseley Awaiting overhaul 7029 Clun Castle Ltd
45593 at carlisle October 1965.jpg 45593 At Kolhapur at Carlisle-February 1967
45593 at Tyseley 1969.jpg 45593 At Kolhapur at Tyseley-1969
45593 at Tyseley-2011.jpg 45593 At Kolhapur at Tyseley-2011

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