The London Midland and Scottish Railway's Class 5 4-6-0, nicknamed as the 'Black Five', was introduced by William Stanier in 1934. Between 1934 and 1951 842 were built. Members of the class survived to the last day of steam on British Railways in 1968, and eighteen were preserved with many of them still running at heritage railways and on the mainline around the UK during the 21st Century.
The Class 5 engine proved very popular with crews and could be seen hauling services along the LMS network including both passenger and freight trains. The engines proved to be ideal engines for several different routes.
Several of the Black 5's played their part on the final day of steam in 1968 with LMS 5MT 44871 hauling 'The 15 Guinea Special'. The IT57 'Fifteen Guinea Special' was the last main-line passenger train to be hauled by steam locomotive power on British Railways on 11 August 1968 before the introduction of a steam ban that started the following day. It was a special rail tour excursion train organised for the occasion from Liverpool via Manchester to Carlisle and back. LMS 5MT 44871 recently returned to steam and is featured at several different locations around the UK.
The engines were built at several sites around the country including LMS Crewe Works, LMS Derby Works, LMS Horwich Works, Vulcan Foundry and Armstrong Whitworth.
After been withdrawn from service in 1968 eighteen of them were saved for preservation, this DVD features footage of several of them at several points on the mainline including hauling 'The Jacobite', travelling over Shap and the picturesque Settle and Carlisle Railway. Plus footage is included from railways such as the North Norfolk Railway, North Yorkshire Moors Railway, East Lancashire Railway, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, Churnet Valley Railway plus many others too.
Our second volume to our 'Black 5 Action' DVD's features footage from 2010 to 2013 at various locations around the UK. (Volume 1 was released during April 2010).
Some of the steam engines featured on the DVD include:
Produced by - Steaming Around Yorkshire
Running time - 87 Minutes
Format - 16:9 Widescreen
Released - 2013