LMS 4-6-2 Princess Coronation (Duchess) Class – BR Crimson Lake. No. 46244 King George VI (1958), No. 46229 Duchess of Hamilton (1961), No. 46251 City of Nottingham (1963)

LMS PRINCESS CORONATION CLASS
– BR CRIMSON LAKE

The Princess Coronation class were designed to haul the new LMS high-speed Anglo-Scottish service which was introduced in Coronation year, 1937, and called the 'Coronation Scot'.

They were designed to William A. Stanier’s brief while he was away in India with the Wedgwood Committee looking into the state of that country's railways. The design work was undertaken by Thomas F. Coleman, Chief Draughtsman and Stanier’s Principle Assistant, Robert A. Riddles.

The first ones appeared as streamliners but in 1938 five were built in normal form; the last nine were also non-streamliners. From 1946 the streamlined locomotives had their casings removed.

After nationalisation the class were turned out in the standard BR liveries, but in late 1957 it was decided to allow the London Midland Region to paint some of its pacifics in crimson lake.

Scale: 5 mm/ft

Paper Size: A3 420 mm x 297 mm (16.5 in x 11.75 in)

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No. 46244 King George VI – 1958

Built as a streamliner No. 6244 was originally named City of Leeds, but in April 1941 it was renamed King George VI as a patriotic gesture. It was de-streamlined in September 1947.

On 5th September 1957 No. 46244 was chosen for a special run of the ‘Caledonian’, from Glasgow to London, with Driver William ‘Bill’ Starvis and Fireman John Tumilty on the footplate. The arrival at Euston was 37 minutes early, beating the 1936 record set by 6201 Princess Elizabeth by 13 minutes. This included averaging 92 mph over the 54.5 miles between Roade and Willesden.

In October 1958 it was painted in BR crimson lake with BR style lining, the condition shown.

The tender is a de-streamlined welded Mk IV.

Built: (Crewe) July 1940. Withdrawn: September 1964.

No. 46229 Duchess of Hamilton – 1961spacer

Streamliner No. 6229 Duchess of Hamilton was chosen to represent the LMS at the 1939 New York World Fair, changing identities with No. 6220 Coronation. Due to the outbreak of the Second World War it did not return until February 1942. It was de-streamlined in January 1948.

It is shown in BR crimson lake with LMS style lining, fitted with AWS and BR speedometer.

The tender is a de-streamlined welded Mk IV.

Built: (Crewe) September 1938. Withdrawn: February 1964. It has been preserved.

No. 46251 City of Nottingham – 1963spacer

No. 6251 was built non-streamlined, but was attached to a fully streamlined tender. Like the earlier non-streamlined locomotives it had a curved fall plate joining the platform plates.

No. 46251 City of Nottingham was a frequent participant on steam specials during its final summer.

It is shown in BR crimson lake with LMS style lining, fitted with AWS and BR speedometer.

The tender is a de-streamlined welded Mk IV.

Built: (Crewe) June 1944. Withdrawn: September 1964.

 

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