A 'Black Five' class 5 steam locomotive 44932 is hauling a London Victoria to Cardiff Central excursion. It was scheduled to leave London at 08.45. The time this photograph was taken was 11.36, nearly three hours later so the train's progress has been leisurely by modern standards averaging about 25 miles per hour.
The locomotive was built in 1945 for the London, Midland and Scottish Railway to a design by William Stanier, the Swindon-born Chief Mechanical Engineer of the LMS who had learned his craft with the Great Western Railway. It is presently owned and operated by West Coast Railway Company, a railway spot-hire company and charter train operator, based at Carnforth in Lancashire, on the site of the old Steamtown heritage depot. In 1998, the company became the first privately-owned company to be given a licence as a train operating company.
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