These were the BR standard version of the useful and flexible class 5 locomotives developed by the 'big four' companies, incorporating the best features of the Black 5, B1 and Hall classes, along with the standardised fittings and locomotive layout.
These 5MT locomotives were capable of undertaking a wide range of duties. Powerful enough to haul express passenger trains and fast goods trains the type were often found working trains which used secondary routes, where larger locomotives were prohibited.
On the Southern region the BR class 5MT locomotives replaced the older King Arthur class 4-6-0s and some of the former King Arthur names were transferred to the new locomotives. Hence 73082 received the name Camelot, which it still carries today in preservation on the Bluebell Railway. The model is painted in the early BR lined black livery with a BR1B type tender.
DCC Ready. 6-pin decoder required for DCC operation.
This model of 73014 is paired with a BR1 type tender and finished in the BR lined green livery with later lion holding wheel crest.
These 5MT locomotives were capable of undretaking a wide range of duties. Powerful enough to haul express passenger trains and fast goods trains the type were often found working trains which used secondary routes, where larger locomotives were prohibited.
This model of 73158 is paired with a BR1B type tender and finished in the BR lined black livery with later lion holding wheel crest.DCC Ready. 6-pin decoder required for DCC operation.
These engines were built for the British War Department during WW2, having been designed to use the minimum of essential materials. Construction time and cost was reduced by the use of simplified and fabricated components in place of castings wherever possible. Many of the locomotives were used to provide logistic support for allied forces in the middle east and later in Europe following the invasion of France. Once the European railways were re-establishing themselves the British locomotives returned to the UK and a small fleet passed into British Railways ownership.
Steam locomotives were used by British Railways over the period 1948 to 1968. The vast majority were inherited from the "Big Four" railway companies nationalised at the end of 1947. In addition, BR built 2537 steam locomotives up to 1960, 1538 to pre-nationalisation designs and 999 to its own standard designs. These locomotives had short lives, some as little as five years against a design life of over 30 years, because of the decision to end the use of steam traction by 1968.