The History
of the
XX The Lancashire Fusiliers
Steam Locomotive


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Hi Joe,
Just thought I would drop you an e-mail regarding Lancaster Fusilier
Steam Locomotive.
By chance I came across it at Grosmont North Yorkshire railway which
is 20 minutes drive from my home village.
Please find photos attached.
Trust you are keeping well.
With best wishes and regards
Mike Jefferson

The Lancashire Fusilier loco was busy again last week end 23rd /24th July 2011
Hi Joe,
I heard that 45407 was doing a run from Carlisle to York on Sunday, so I thought I would take a look. I went to Shipley and here are the photos,
Chunky Moore

This Story was sent in by George Peak ( Droylsden Branch )

Sunday, April 12, 2009
A few pictures of that old steamer, The Lancashire Fusilier, as she pulled into Elgin station in Moray, Scotland, this morning as part of "The Great Britain II" railway tour. Being a Lancastrian myself it made my chest swell somewhat when I saw her. As you can see she, and her sister engine 'The Sherwood Forester' who was coupled behind her, pulled in a sizeable crowd.

Please feel free to use the pictures on your website as you see fit if you so wish.

All the best.

Dick Pearce


In December 1926 the directors of the L.M.S. Railway Company ordered that 50 locomotives be built straight from the drawing board. It was the intention that they would be ready for the 1927 summer service. The L.M.S. workshops could not hope to build this many in such a short time, consequently the order was placed with the North British Locomotive Company of Glasgow, which had two large plants, one at Hyde Park and the other at Queen's Park. The building of the Royal Scot Locomotives, as they had been designated, was split equally between the two plants. They were allocated numbers 6100 - 6149. It is the engines built at the Queens Park plant that interest us, in particular No. 6119. This was released as per the photograph below which depicts number 6100; this would later be named Royal Scot.

"6100 brand new @ Euston in 1927"

The L.M.S. logo was positioned on the side of the drivers cab, with the engine
number on the tender sides. The tender held 3500 gallons of water and 5.5 tons of coal... The engine had a parallel cylindrical boiler; the diameter of the smokebox was larger, with a short chimney perched on top. Also on the smokebox can be seen the diamond shaped works plate. The splasher over the leading drive wheel sported a backplate that would later take the nameplate. The first noticeable difference was when it appeared with a name LANCASHIRE FUSILIER, with the number on the cabside, and the company logo making way for L.M.S. on the tender. These changes can be seen on the photograph below, and the photograph in William Daniels locker. (see the L.Fs. website)


In 1931 a train travelling at 55+ m.p.h. was derailed when being switched from the fast to the slow lines. This was a manoeuvre that should have been performed at no more than 20 m.p.h.. It was alleged that smoke had obscured the drivers view causing him to miss the speed warnings. This problem with smoke, due to the large boiler and short chimney on the Royal Scots, was well known. Following on from the accident it was decided to fit smoke deflectors to help in lifting the smoke out of the driver's vision.

LANCASHIRE FUSILIER shows off its new smoke deflectors, (fitted in Jan 1932) as it pokes out its nose from the shed at Perth.


The final change to the parallel boiler LACASHIRE FUSILIER was a change from flat plate to one's angled in at the top deflectors. Note also the Stanier 9 ton tender.



Note the three lamps on the buffer beam and one in the upper centre of the smokebox door this code was used to designate Royal Trains.

William Stanier had already made detail changes in the design of the Royal Scot Engines, since becoming Chief Mechanical Engineer of the L.M.S. in Jan. 1932, one being the introduction of a 4000 gallon, 9 ton tender in July 1936. More drastic changes were to happen.

In September 1944, 6119 LANCASHIRE FUSILIER was rebuilt with a Stanier taper boiler, double chimney and retaining the 4000 gallon tender. The photograph below shows off the aesthetic lines of the re-built engines, which would gain the reputation of becoming one of the finest 4-6-0 designs on British railways.


We look at the final form of LANCASHIRE FUSILIER fitted with its British Railway designed smoke deflectors in Sept. 1949. Not a feature that enhanced the look of the engines.



BUILT: North British Company's Queen's Park Plant.

COST: £7,744

COMPLETED IN: November 1927

NAMED: April 1928

DEFLECTORS: Jan 1932 original flat.
May 1933 bevelled.

REBUILT: September 1944

RENUMBERED: July 1948 by adding the 4 to become 46119.

DEFLECTORS: British Railway's type fitted in September 1949.

ACCIDENT: August 27th. 1950 at Penmaenmawr
Click here to go to the Ministry of Transport Accident Report

WITHDRAWN: November 1963

CUT UP: Crewe 1963

MILEAGE: 2,142,626 approx

A number of the nameplates can be seen at the Lancashire Fusiliers Museum Bury.

The LF Museum Collection
of Name Plates

This steam engine was not the only railway locomotive named in honour of the regiment. The diesel No. 45123 was so named at Manchester Piccadilly Station on Halloween 1963.

Then of course we have the recent re-naming and dedication of a Metrolink Tram. These are stories for others to write. (Over to you Norman)

Arnold Cragg
November 2006

Dedicated to
Fusilier 14778048 James (Jimmy) Cragg
1st Bn Lancashire Fusiliers
Died 8th May, 1945 in India aged 36 years from Cholera
Buried in Delhi War Cemetery, India
(This is Arnold's Father)

The Latest Lancashire Fusilier Locomotives

Named on the
13th November 2004

The Steam Loco at the
East Lancs Railway
Named on the
8th October 2006

The Metrolink Tram

The Old Tram Service
which carried LF's
to Heaton Park

A recent sighting of the LF Locomotive
photo taken by Brian Moore and
was taken on 9th December 2007 at Rolleston Station in Nottinghamshire