‘Black 5’ 45305 takes unscheduled turn

Having been due to leave the Railway on the 25th July to take up duties on the North Wales coast from Liverpool to Holyhead, 5305 Locomotive Association’s LMS 5MT, 45305, remained at Haworth and did not leave for Crewe as planned. In the event, it was not required for mainline duties from Crewe owing to the disruption caused to the summer steam programme by the dry weather and the ongoing firefighters’ strike.

Accordingly, with no immediate plans for mainline work, the Railway took the opportunity to use 45305 on the weekend services, the 4-6-0 replacing the advertised WD 2-8-0 90733.

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Photos: Featured and bottom right, Richard Beckett; Others, Kenneth Baker

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