We are going to need a lot of candles! Happy 85th Birthday Sir Lamiel
June 2010 marked the 85th anniversary of the NRM’s Maunsell ‘King Arthur’ Class Locomotive No. 30777 “Sir Lamiel” entering traffic. She was built by the North British Locomotive Company for the Southern Railway and is the oldest steam locomotive currently working on the Main Line in Britain. She has spent the last 32 years in the care of Tom Tighe and the 5305 Locomotive Association (or its predecessor) which is probably something of a record in itself.
We thought of baking her a huge cake to celebrate the event, but decided that it would need rather a lot of candles and anyway, unless we made it exclusively from coal, wood and paraffin, she probably wouldn’t be very interested. Instead she will have a birthday treat on the 19th of June (subject to gauging) when she’s booked to work the Bath & Bristol trip for the Railway Touring Company (www.railwaytouring.co.uk).
Meanwhile her younger sibling and fellow NRM engine; Britannia Class Pacific No. 70013 “Oliver Cromwell” is still under repair while their third sibling LMS Black Five No. 45305 is entering the last stage of her current overhaul.
By Info | Friday, July 2, 2010 | Tags : 30777