LMS Stanier Black 5 4-6-0

LMS Stanier Black 5 4-6-0

Black 5

Picture: By T. Hisgett and Licensed for Reuse under the Creative Commons Licence!

The Black 5 Class was the Brainchild of William Stanier! The LMS were looking for a new, powerful, Reliable Mixed Traffic Locomotive.


The Black 5 was produced in 1934, not long after Stanier moved to the LMS from the GWR. The Black 5s incorporated a lot of GWR Characteristics such as the Tapered Boiler. So reliable and well balanced were Black 5s that several were still in operation at the end of Steam in 1968!

Tech Specs:

  • Weight: 76.2 Tons
  • Coal Capacity: 9 Tons
  • Water Capacity: 4000 Gallons
  • Operating Pressure: 225 Psi
  • Tractive Effort: 24,455 Ilbs
  • Cylinders: x2 – 18.4″ Dia x 28″ Stroke
  • Driving Wheel Dia: 72″


A Staggering 18 Black 5s are Preserved today, four of which are certified to run on the National Mainline Network. Two are owned by West Coast Railways and the other two owned by Ian Riley!

The Black 5 is a favourite with the men who used to drive them and enthusiasts alike!

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