Wild Swan Books

The Coronation Pacifics
LMS Loco Profile No.11

David Hunt, John Jennison, Bob Meanley, Fred James & Bob Essery

Softback  -  174 pages  -  £24.95


The Coronation Class Pacifics were probably the best known of LMS engines, 'Royal Scots' and 'Black 5s' apart. They were excellent and powerful machines, as well as having a grandeur that was certainly unsurpassed and maybe unequalled. The first one entered service in 1937, which was the year of King George VI's coronation; hence it was named Coronation in honour of the event. The first five were streamlined, painted blue and used on the 'Coronation Scot' as well as other expresses. Of the next ten, five were streamlined whilst the remainder were non-streamlined, all ten being painted crimson lake and named after various duchesses. Most of the remaining 23 locomotives were then named after cities.

Frames, bearings, cylinders, chimneys, bogies, pony trucks, ashpans, grates and tenders all differed between the various batches as well as there being streamlined and non-streamlined versions, with the streamliners exhibiting differences in their casings. When the streamlined casings were removed, there were still differences between the ex-streamliners and those engines built originally without streamlining, so the usual minefield exists when trying to ensure accuracy. In particular the last two examples built were quite different in many respects from the others.

The book is extensively illustrated and includes thirty detailed drawings, eight at large format, printed on fold out pages bound into the book. The Appendices include building, alteration, livery change, renumbering, shed allocation and withdrawal dates.

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