This image of steam locomotive 'City of Carlisle', taken 1964, is from the collection of Eddie Johnson, railway author. Eddie has amassed a large collection of classic railway images, a few of which I am showcasing on this site. Read Eddie's authoritative description of the locomotive below.
These big Pacific locomotives were introduced in 1937 by Sir William Stanier to work the heavy trains on the LMS West Coast route out of Euston over the banks of Shap and Beattock to Carlisle and Glasgow. Some were built with a streamlined casing painted in, at first, blue and silver, later maroon and gold. Streamlining was “all the go” in the 1930s and the LMS built their Coronation Scot train which was introduced in 1937 to coincide with the coronation of King George VI.
During the war the streamlined casings were found to interfere with maintenance and the Coronation Pacifics or “Duchesses” as they were often known, had their “frocks” removed. At the time of writing one of these engines – No.6229 Duchess of Hamilton is undergoing a re-streamlining operation in the workshops of the NRM at York. It promises to be quite a sight! Here, City of Carlisle has found her way to the engine shed of her home city, at Upperby depot where she was caught on camera on February 29th 1964 in the last months of her life.
Written by E M Johnson Photo © Collection of E M Johnson
“Coronation” Class Pacific No.46238 City of Carlisle (Collection of E M Johnson)
Scanned from an original black and white negative
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