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Q14.23. Delivery of Externally Built LMS Locomotives.

The RCTS A Detailed History of Stanier Class 5 Locomotives Volume 1 gives terms of delivery for new locomotives from outside sources. These required engines to be delivered with the motion rods to be removed and the pistons to be packed in position by the contractor, on the LMSR at the nearest point to the contractor’s works. Therefore Armstrong Whitworth, Scotswood, products were towed to Carlisle.

How would such an arrangement have applied to the order for five 2-8-0s for the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway built by Robert Stephenson at Darlington in 1925? The nearest LMS location would have been Hawes (48 miles) and LMS locomotives were shedded at York (44 miles).

last updated: 05/09/14