47445 (LMS 16528, LMS 7445 & BR 47445)

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47445 built in1927 by Hunslet Engine Company of Leeds and entered service as LMS 16528.

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date Arrived Depot
January 1948 Crewe South
March 1950 Alsager
July 1960 Crewe South

In 1966 47445 was sold to the National Coal Board (subsequently Hargreaves (West Riding) Ltd) for work at British Oak open cast colliery near Wakefield ending its service at Crigglestone in 1970 when and acquired for preservation in June of that year.

By 1970 it was the last LMS built locomotive in revenue-earning service in mainland Britain.

47445 is dismantled and is undergoing restoration in the heavy repair shed at Swanwick Junction on the Midland Railway. It is owned by Derby City Museums and Art Gallery and long term lease to the Midland Railway Trust.

Towards the end of 2018 it became known that the Midland Railway Trust had contracted the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust to complete the restoration of the locomotive. In addition, the contract covered the maintenance of the Midland Railway Trust locomotives.

The aim is to have the locomotive in traffic towards the end of 2019. The boiler for 47445 was already being restored at the North Norfolk Railway. The boiler was originally intended to be fitted to classmate 47357 but because this locomotive was discovered to need a new cylinder the decision was taken to fit the boiler to 47445.

In June 2021 it was reported that the frames of the locomotive had been sent to Riley & Son (E) Ltd for contract overhaul.

In February2022 it was reported that the locomotive had steamed again for the first time at Butterley.

In July 2022 the locomotive was at Riley & Son (E) Ltd for a frame and motion overhaul.

Home Base Current Status Owner
Midland Railway Centre at Buttersley Being restored

Derby City Museum and Art Gallery

47445 at Brampton Bierlow near Barnsley – July 1967
47445 shunting at British Oak Sidings at Calder Grove Wakefield – October 1969

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