1.—“Royal Scot” train, near Shap summit, Engine No. 6134 “Samson”details

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1.—“Royal Scot” train, near Shap summit, Engine No. 6134 “Samson”

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Among the outstanding features of British Railway operation of to-day is the development of the long distance non-stop run. This has been made possible by water-troughs, enabling an engine to replenish its water tank whilst travelling at full speed.


During the summer season, the “Royal Scot” train leaving Euston at 10 a.m. dailty, Sundays excepted, conveys only passengers for destinations in Scotland. [...] The 401.4 miles between Euston and Glasgow are covered in 7hrs. 40 mins., or at the rate of 52.4 miles per hour.

My copy of the book has the 6135 crssed out, and 45738 written in its place; I suspect the latter is the British Rail number, however.



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Added by Tino S. Trier on Thu Jun  6 12:50:46 2013

I think I have the solution regarding the number 45738 written into your copy.

  • The BR number of a given LMS engine would be the LMS number plus 40000 (with minor exceptions from this rule). LMS 6134 thus became BR 46134.

  • 45738 is the BR number of the former LMS engine 5738 that bore the name "Samson", indeed. But it is not the engine in the picture – it is member of a younger class of engine, more modern, less powerful (a "Jubilee").

  • The engine in the picture is a member of the "Royal Scot" class. These engines had the numbers 6100–6149, so LMS 6134 is one of them. But it was named "Atlas" and later the "The Cheshire Regiment", not "Samson".

So there seems to be a mistake in your book: correct number, wrong name. Somebody noticed name and number did not fit. He did not look for the correct name, but he looked up which engine had the name Samson and he found the number 45738. He put the number down and arrived at a consistent caption: wrong number, wrong name.
That’s how it goes...
Best regards,
Martin Albers



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