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44901 Kingmoor Black 5


44901_300x200One of our longer term project is the restoration of Black 5 44901, affectionately known as Kingmoor Black 5 due to it being based at Carlisle Kingmoor shed the whole of its working life. The loco was built at Crewe Works in October, 1945 and orginally numbered 4901 by the LMS railway then renumbered 44901 when British Railways was formed in 1948. Being based at Carlisle the engine would have worked a wide variety of routes from London (Euston) to Glasgow and beyond, regularly working over the U.K.s four most notorious and strenuous mainline inclines. Shap, Beattock, Ais Gill and Slochd.


In 1965 with increasing modernisation and replacement of steam loco with diesels, 44901 was sent to be scrapped at Dai Woodhams scrapyard in Barry, arriving early 1966. The engine remained there for 46 years, losing her tender and many other component parts as spares to other preserved Black 5’s.





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44901 was bought by a small group in 2012 and has been in storage until December 2015 when she was moved to Sharpness. We now hope to start her restoration using the superb new facilities at the Old Engine House and bring her back to her former glory.







Kingmoor Black 5 group maintains a website and facebook page providing details of her history and restoration progress. The team are always looking for new volunteers to help with the project.