LMS Stanier Jubilee 45690 Leander
|LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway StanierWilliam Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1932-1944 Jubilee 45690 Leander|
LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway 5690 Leander in October 2010
|Status||Operational, main line registered|
|Designed By||Sir William StanierWilliam Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1932-1944, FRS|
|1980||Overhaul at SVRSevern Valley Railway|
|1983||Purchased by SVRSevern Valley Railway(H)|
|1994||Sold by SVRSevern Valley Railway(H)|
|Tractive effort||26,610 lb|
|Pressure||225 lb/sq in|
45690 Leander (LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway No 5690) was resident on the SVRSevern Valley Railway between 1980 and 1981 and between 1983 and 1994. She was also a Gala visitor in Autumn 2010.
Leander is an LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway 4-6-0 Jubilee class locomotive, designed by Sir William StanierWilliam Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1932-1944. The Jubilee class was an update of the LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway FowlerHenry Fowler, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Midland Railway 1909-1923, and of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1923-1933 3-cylinder Patriot or ‘Baby Scot’ design of 1930, incorporating a StanierWilliam Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1932-1944/Swindon design of tapered boiler and modified cylinders. Jubilees were mainly used on ‘second division’ express passenger services, and were rated as 5XP by BRBritish Rail or British Railways following nationalisation.
As of 2019[update] Leander is owned by the Beet family, and operated on the main line by West Coast Railways.
45690 in service
Leander was built in 1936 at the LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway works at Crewe and entered service as LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway 5690. She worked out of Crewe North depot until 1947, and then out of Bristol Barrow Road, now renumbered 45690 by BRBritish Rail or British Railways. The locomotive was withdrawn by BRBritish Rail or British Railways in 1964 having recorded 1,589,826 miles in service.
45690 in preservation
Rescued from Barry Scrapyard in May 1972, she was restored by the Leander Locomotive Society/Leander Locomotive Limited at Derby and later at Dinting Railway Museum, Glossop.
45690 at the SVRSevern Valley Railway
Leander first arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway in August 1980 for a boiler repair / overhaul to main line standard, following which the locomotive left in late 1981. During this time good working relations were established between the owners/support crew and SVRSevern Valley Railway staff, so when the owners put the engine up for sale in November 1983, she was acquired by SVR(H). The purchase included sister engine 45699 Galatea, then regarded as a source of spare parts for Leander, and part of the deal also involved the sale of Ivatt 2MT 46443 in exchange.
Leander was ‘on tour’ on the main line at the time of purchase, on 18 February 1984 hauling the Steam Locomotive Operators Association's 'Welsh Marches Express' leg from Hereford - Abergavenny - Maindee North Jn - Newport.  She first returned to the SVRSevern Valley Railway as a ‘home’ engine on 20 February. The locomotive worked until winter 1989, and was then stored awaiting a major overhaul.
Sale by SVRSevern Valley Railway(H)
In winter of 1994 the SVRSevern Valley Railway(H) Board announced the sale of 45690 Leander to the family of Dr. Peter Beet (and of 45699 Galatea to another unnamed purchaser). The justification given was that the offer was attractive, the locomotive had been stored out of use for 5 years, funds were not available for a General Repair, and once repaired the locomotive would see limited use on the SVRSevern Valley Railway due to its size and axle loading. Predictably many members complained of the Railway ‘selling the family silver’.
Leander returned to the SVRSevern Valley Railway for the Autumn Steam Gala of 2010, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of the SVRSevern Valley Railway’s official opening.
See alsoFormer Residents
SVRSevern Valley Railway News
Severn Valley Railway Stock Book, eighth edition.