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BR Standard Class 5-MT 4-6-0 (Standard Arthur)

Designed by RA Riddles and built at Derby and Doncaster, the Standard Class 5 was a very similar locomotive to the smaller Standard Class 4 in appearance - but with larger boiler and driving wheels. It followed largely in the footsteps of the successful Stanier LMS Class 5s built from 1934, but with many enhancements, such as roller bearings. The first loco entered traffic in April 1951 and immediately proved itself a success. In all, some 172 were built between then and 1957 and were put to work on all regions of BR, although there were not many on the Eastern Region. The locos were paired with some six different tenders ranging from the BR1 of 49 tons 3 cwt, capacity 4,200 galls, to the BR1F of 55 tons 5 cwt, capacity 5,650 galls.
 
73119 Nº73119 Elaine passes through Raynes Park in September 1962 at the head of an up Southampton Docks boat train. The train has an interesting rake of stock including a decidedly grubby Gresley brake in red livery behind the tender and a Pullman in the middle of its seven vehicle consist.

photograph by Mike Morant.

 
The initial allocation of locos on the Southern Region was put to work on the Kent Coast lines but when those routes were electrified many were transferred to work on the South Western section, mainly between London and Salisbury and London and Bournemouth. Locos allocated to both the Southern and Midland Regions could be found at times working the late-lamented "Pines Express".

In early 1959 it was decided to name 20 of the Southern Region Class 5s using names previously carried by withdrawn examples of the King Arthur Class. These named locos, named between May 1959 and May 1961, came to be known as "Standard Arthurs" and were:

Number
73080
73081
73082
73083
73084
73085
73086
73087
73088
73089
Name
Merlin
Excalibur
Camelot
Pendragon
Tintagel
Melisande
The Green Knight
Linette
Joyous Guard
Maid of Astolat
Number
73110
73111
73112
73113
73114
73115
73116
73117
73118
73119
Name
The Red Knight
King Uther
Morgan Le Fay
Lyonnesse
Etarre
King Pellinore
Iseuit
Vivien
King Leodegrance
Elaine
 
Unidentified Standard 5 at Templecombe,
20 August 1964

photograph by Alan Robinson.

730xx
 
73082 Nº73110 The Red Knight at Basingstoke

photograph by Keith Harwood

 
73115

"Standard Arthur" Nº 73115 "King Pellinore" at Weymouth shed, 24 October 1964.

photograph by Alan Robinson

 
Nº73018 with a rake of XP vans in tow, at Weymouth, 21st June 1966.

photograph by Ray Soper

73018
 
73115 Largely obscured by steam, Nº73115 King Pellinore on shed at Basingstoke.

photograph by Keith Harwood

 
Nº73118 King Leodegrance moving onto the turntable, also at Basingstoke.

photograph by Keith Harwood

73118
 
73084 Nº73084 Tintagel comes off Guildford shed and passes under the long footbridge which crosses the station and the stabling sidings.

photograph by Keith Harwood

 
Not a "Standard Arthur", Nº73029 on shed at Salisbury, 6th May 1967.

photograph by Alan Robinson.

73029
 
73029 Nº73029 again, this time seen light engine at Clapham Junction during 1966.

photograph by Ray Soper

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