LMS Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 4871

LMS Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 No. 44871 is a preserved British steam locomotive. It was built at Crewe in 1945.

LMS 4871
44871 with support coach, October 2017.
Type and origin
Power typeSteam
DesignerWilliam Stanier
BuilderCrewe Works
Serial number170 (second series)
Build dateMarch 1945
 • Whyte4-6-0
Gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Leading dia.3 ft 3 12 in (1.003 m)
Driver dia.6 ft 0 in (1.829 m)
Length63 ft 7 34 in (19.40 m)
Loco weight72.20 long tons (73.36 t; 80.86 short tons)
Fuel typeCoal
Fuel capacity9 long tons (9.1 t; 10.1 short tons)
Water cap4,000 imp gal (18,000 l; 4,800 US gal)
 • Firegrate area
28 12 sq ft (2.65 m2)
BoilerLMS type 3C
Boiler pressure225 lbf/in2 (1.55 MPa)
CylindersTwo, outside
Cylinder size18 12 in × 28 in (470 mm × 711 mm)
Valve gearWalschaerts
Valve typePiston valves
Loco brakeVacuum (Air Brakes fitted)
Safety systemsAWS, TPWS, OTMR, GSMR
Performance figures
Maximum speed25mph - (heritage railways) 45mph - (mainline, tender first) 60mph - (mainline, chimney first)
Tractive effort25,455 lbf (113.23 kN)
Power class
  • LMS: 5P5F
  • BR: 5MT
Axle load classBR: Route Availability 7
WithdrawnAugust 1968
Current ownerIan Riley
DispositionOperational, Mainline Certified

Service historyEdit

44871 in service at Rotherham

4871 is an LMS Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 locomotive, originally numbered 4871 by the LMS, it had 40000 added to its number under British Railways after nationalisation in 1948. 44871 was one of the last locomotives to be withdrawn from service, surviving until 1968, the last year of steam on British Railways. She was also one of four locomotives chosen (three being members of her class) to take part in the famous Fifteen Guinea Special on Sun 11 August 1968, 44871 was in-charge of the Carlisle Citadel to Manchester Victoria leg of the tour which went south down the Settle and Carlisle Line. On this leg of the tour she double headed with 44781, 44871 acted as the pilot engine with 44781 being the train engine. 44871 is one of only three from that train to survive, the others being 45110 and 70013 Oliver Cromwell.

Shed allocations
Location Shed code From
Longsight 9A 1 August 1948
Crewe North 5A 6 October 1951
Holyhead 7C 26 January 1952
Crewe North 5A 14 June 1952
Stoke 5D 12 July 1952
Crewe North 5A 3 October 1953
Stoke 5D 31 October 1953
Crewe South 5B 22 March 1958
Stoke 5D 18 June 1960
Stockport Edgeley 9B 1 December 1962
Trafford Park 9E 22 June 1963
Stockport Edgeley 9B 6 November 1965
Bolton 9K 11 May 1968
Carnforth 10A 6 July 1968


44871 was purchased directly from British Railways service for preservation so never had to be restored from scrapyard condition unlike other preserved locomotives which ended up being sent to Barry Island. The majority of her class including 44871 were purchased directly from BR service for preservation with only six being purchased from Barry Island and then required restoration to run again.

Following withdrawal from BR service 44871 remained at Carnforth which would later become Steamtown museum and was purchased off BR for preservation. Once the ban on operating steam locomotives over the national network was lifted in 1972 44871 was used to operate trains over the national network to places like York, at some point in the 70s/80s she was given the name Sovereign. 44871 Was also a popular engine in Scotland working trains along the West Highland Line from Fort William to Mallaig (this route she is still used on to this day working West Coast Railways "Jacobite trains" for most of the year, alongside sister 45407 The Lancashire Fusilier & 62005.

Following years of storage alongside the death of her owner, in 2006 44871 was purchased by Ian Riley and was taken to Bury for an overhaul to mainline standards. She returned to steam in 2009 and later undertook light and loaded test runs on the mainline, alongside use on WCR's "Jacobite" trains she even worked the final season of WCR's "Cambrian" trains in the summer of 2010 along the Cambrian Line from Machynlleth to Pwllheli (the trains on Mon, Wed & Fri ran to Pwllheli with the trains on Tue & Thu running to Porthmadog). Presently it isn't possible to run steam down the Cambrian line due to the new ERTMS system that's in place and currently isn't compatible with steam engines.

In August 2010 44871 featured in an episode of Coronation Street where she was hauling Roy and Hayley Cropper's wedding train. For the occasion 44871 carried 45407's "Lancashire Fusilier" nameplates.

Current statusEdit

44871 is based at the East Lancashire Railway alongside fellow Ian Riley owned sibling No. 45407 The Lancashire Fusilier and like 5407 she is mainline certified and is also a regular hauling West Coast Railways Jacobite along the West Highland Line from Fort William to Mallaig and back.

She very recently returned to service in August 2017 following the completion of another heavy overhaul which has once again been done to mainline standards.