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Keith Woodside dropped me a line; he writes - 'Hello David, I have been visiting your website for nigh on three years now and there is one photo that has been bugging me.
It coined their nickname 'semis' among spotters, but by 1957 they were becoming something of a rarity since only four remained in that guise; the last being No 46246 City of Manchester in May 1960.(Above-Below) A locomotive nameplate, 'QUEEN ELIZABETH', from the Class 7P (later 8P) 'Coronation' 4-6-2 No 6221, the second of the Class built at Crewe in Coronation Year 1937 and named after the wife of King George VI, the former Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, born on 4th August 1900.Built in streamlined condition with LMS blue livery, in common with all the first five Coronations, she was allocated new to Camden in June 1937 but moved north of the border in 1939 to Polmadie where she spent most of her working life.This loco ran a few months in BR maroon livery with a bevelled smokebox top - the only member of the class to do so.My thanks to Alan Taylor of Fleetwood for the additional(Above-Below) In 1937 the LMS decided to commemorate the coronation of King George VI with the introduction of a new non-stop 'Coronation Scot' express between London Euston and Glasgow.Also mention of the crown above the nameplate is a mistake.
It's the Birmingham coat-of-arms which was dedicated in 1945 when the loco was still fully streamlined and in its black wartime livery…' Bob adds - 'I guess we all have our childhood favourites, and it just so happens that City of Birmingham is one of mine.
A few weeks later I met the doyen of young train spotters called Bonzo.
Aged thirteen, he was a veritable professor on railways, who taught me all I needed to know about the Stanier 'Black 5' two-cylinder 4-6-0s with Belpaire fireboxes, tapered boilers and outside Walschaerts valve gear; the 3-cylinder express variant 'Jubilee' class and rebuilt 'Royal Scots', and the 4-cylinder 'Princess Royal' and 'Coronation' class Pacifics.
The 6½ hour schedule for the 401½ mile journey required a powerful Class 8P locomotive, and Crewe Work's was designated the task of building Sir William Stanier's streamlined 'Princess Coronation' Pacific, a development of his earlier 'Princess Royal' class - the first of which, No 6220 Coronation, emerged from Crewe's Erecting Shop in May 1937 sporting the most imaginatively designed air smooth casing painted in a striking blue livery with silver stripes.
Of course, the fierce rivalry between the pre-grouping companies on The introduction of the LNER's high speed streamlined 'Silver Jubilee' service between London and Newcastle in 1935 was a truly outstanding event in railway history; Gresley's Class A4 'Silver Link' achieved a British railway speed record of 112½ mph.
Click on photo to see the full 'Coronation Scot' train.(Above-Below) A locomotive nameplate 'CITY OF CHESTER' as carried by the LMSR 4-6-2 Pacific 'Princess Coronation' class 7P (later 8P) loco No 6239 built at Crewe in September 1939 to Lot 150.