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Bo’ness, Scotland, April 2010 ~ 2276 views

featured in “Naturally Black/White, Duo & Contrast Group”, “Colour me a Rainbow” & “Freedom in Words & Art”, “Vintage Transport Group” and in the Compact Group Forum

The Lancashire Fusilier steam locomotive at Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway

Locomotive no. 45407 was built by the Armstrong Whitworth Company Spotswood, Newcastle in 1937 for the L.M.S Railway, its work number being 1462. It was 1 of 226 engines, which was the largest order ever placed with a private builder by a British Railway Company the order being worth 2.7 million Pounds.

When new the engine was delivered to Kettering where it worked for a considerable time on the Midland mainline. In late 1960’s the engine was moved between various sheds ending up at Lockstock Hall in 1968.

The engine was purchased from B.R. by David Davis for £3300 and was subsequently moved to Carnforth for restoration. In 1974 it was bought by Paddy Smith who operated the engine on the B.R. system, notably the Settle & Carlise, Cumbrian Coast and Crewe to Holyhead routes. The engine best known for its exploits in Scotland on the FortWilliam to Malliag route, were it spent three seasons in the late 1980’s. After the last season in Scotland, 45407 was moved to Carnforth for new tyres and onto the E.L.R. for running on Heritage Railways for the last three years of its boiler ticket. In 1997 Ian Riley bought the engine from Mr Smith and had the engine overhauled at his works in Bury. Works included a new tender tank with greater water capacity, the fitting of air brake equipment to enable the engine to haul modern coaching stock and the fitting of A.W.S. to comply with Railtrack’s modern Safety and signaling requirements.

Engine Data
Length- 63’8”
Height- 12’8”
Width- 8’7.5/8”
Weight- 125 tons
Coal – 9 tons
Water – 4710 gallons
Driving wheels –72”
Cylinders – 18.1/2” x 26”
Tractive effort – 25455 lb
Boiler pressure – 225 lb

45407 is a busy mainline locomotive, available for all types of charter work around the country. She is a regular performer on the Settle and Carlisle route and In Fort William on West Coast Railways “Jacobite Express” steam services between Fort Willian and Mallaig.

The Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway, operated by the Scottish Railway Preservation Society, operates some 3 and-a-half miles of track, virtually the entire Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway that became part of the former North British Railway on the Firth of Forth in Scotland. Bo’ness railway station is the nucleus of the planned Scottish Railway Museum.

The railway has three stations & a non-platform halt:

Bo’ness railway station
Kinneil railway station (Request stop)
Birkhill railway station
Manuel Junction


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  • Palynn
    Palynnalmost 4 years ago

    WOW!! What A Beauty Perfectly Composed The Steam rising adds a real feel to this Image Love all your info on the Side

    I did not know this Engine ran the West Highland Line Fort William to Mallaig A Grand Piece Of History & Engineering Wonderful Place Boness, Superb Image Francis x
  • …this steam engine is well used all over the place and we shall travel with it again soon! Isn’t she a beauty!

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    Pamela Jayne S...almost 4 years ago

    10th September 2010

  • thank you for the feature, Pamela!

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    Cat2bealmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature 14 September 2010

  • thank you Kimba!

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  • ToastedGhost
    ToastedGhostalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot

  • I agree, it was a magical moment when I took this capture and the steam added a little mystery to it!

    Thank you for your comments, much appreciated! :=))

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    artisandelimagealmost 4 years ago

    congratulations for your feature in the Freedom In Words & Art group !!!
    my best, francis.

  • thank you Francis!

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