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LMS Black Fives 44871 and 45407 Pass Salford Crescent 05th November 2011

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Published on Nov 5, 2011

Two LMS Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 or more commonly known as "Black Fives" are seen passing through Salford Crescent Station on Saturday 05th November with the "Buxton Spa Express" railtour. We first see them heading southbound with 45407 leading. The second clip is of the return journey heading northbound through a now dark station with 45407 once again leading.

45407 (LMS 5407) was built by Armstrong Whitworth in 1937 and was one of the final Black Fives withdrawn on 04th August 1968. It has since been named "The Lancashire Fusilier". 44871 was built at Crewe Works in 1945 and operated a part of the "Fifteen Guinea Special" railtour, the last ever mainline steam passenger train to run under British Rail.

Both locos are looking fanstastic and making an excellent soundtrack, rather fitting too that my return to Salford Crescent after 15 years was to film the Black Fives, the steam traction that my late Grandfather drove.

As you can tell it is bonfire night and as such the second clip is slightly marred by the sounds of fireworks going off which actually masks the usual sounds of Salford on a Saturday night :) Despite having a bit of an Autofocus issue I let the last clip run to capture the sound of the locos fade into the distance. As you can see from both clips the very unusual sight of steam traction attracts the attention of everyone on the platform.

A big thanks to the station staff at Salford Crescent for keeping me up to date with the trains progress.

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