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BR/LMS Stanier Class Princess 4-6-2 No. 46209 at Chester General Station 1961
BR/LMS Stanier Class Princess 4-6-2 pacific No. 46209 'Princess Beatrice' at Chester General Station on a summer Saturday 22 July 1961. A view looking east on a main Down platform, as a relief express from Euston to Holyhead pulls in. Built at Crewe Works in August 1935, it was withdrawn from 1B Camden shed in September 1962 and cut up a Crewe Works in November 1962.
The London, Midland and Scottish Railway 'Princess Royal' Class was a class of an express passenger steam locomotive designed by William Stanier. Thirteen examples were built at Crewe Works, between 1933 and 1935 and two are preserved. When originally built, they were used to haul the famous Royal Scot train between London Euston and Glasgow Central. A prototype batch of three locomotives was to be constructed in 1933. Two were constructed as drawn but the third set of frames was retained as the basis for an experimental turbine locomotive
The third prototype was constructed with the aid of the Swedish Ljungstrom turbine company and known as the Turbomotive, although not named. It was numbered 6202, in sequence with the Princess Royals. Although 'generally similar' to the rest of the Princess Royals, and 'not all that much different', it used a larger 40 element superheater to give a higher steam temperature, more suitable for turbine use. This boiler was also domeless as would later be used for the second batch of the Princess Royals. The continuous exhaust of the turbine, rather than the sharper intermittent blast of the piston engine, also required changes to the draughting and the use of a double chimney. It entered service in June 1935 on the London–Liverpool service.
This Turbomotive was rebuilt in 1952 with conventional 'Coronation' cylinders and named Princess Anne, but was soon destroyed in the Harrow and Wealdstone rail crash.
A second batch of eleven locomotives was constructed later and the class were withdrawn in the early 1960s in line with British Railways' modernisation plan.
The platform is quite busy with many passengers and trainspotters in view. The trainspotters are wearing a variety of clothing; pullovers, blazers, long and short trousers with some carring various bags.Date Photo Taken
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Steam Loco Information for BR/LMS Stanier Class Princess 4-6-2 No. 46209 at Chester General Station 1961
Steam Loco Class Information for BR/LMS Stanier Class Princess 4-6-2 No. 46209 at Chester General Station 1961
Station Information for BR/LMS Stanier Class Princess 4-6-2 No. 46209 at Chester General Station 1961
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