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BR Period Locomotives: lnwrbns_br1804

Ex-LMS 2P 0-4-4T No 41902 is seen emerging from Worcester Road tunnel alongside Signal Box 1 at the head of a local train

Ex-LMS 2P 0-4-4T No 41902 is seen emerging from Worcester Road tunnel alongside No 1 Signal Cabin at the head of a local train from Rugby on 30th April 1955. This locomotive was a development of the numerous Midland Railway's 1P design but with larger 5ft 7in driving wheels and was officially attributed to William Stanier as by this time he had joined the LMS from the GWR as CME. However its design is pure Midland and was commissioned under the jurisdiction of Ernest Lemmons who was the LMS' temporary CME after Henry Fowler had been moved sideways to make way for the appointment of a new CME. Built at Derby works in December 1932 No 41902 was one of a class of ten and remained in service until officially withdrawn in November 1959 from Rugby shed where it was stored on the 'dump line' outside Rugby works until October 1961 when it was scrapped by J Cashmore of Great Bridge.

This locomotive had been fitted with Push-Pull equipment so that it could operate 'motor trains' whereby the locomotive stayed at the same end of the train irrespective of the direction of travel. This was achieved via a multiple-unit train control unit to a vehicle equipped with a second control cab at the rear of the train. In the UK the last coach had a drivers cab fitted similar to that seen in DMU or EMUs often referred to as a Driving Trailer as seen in image 'lnwroffch1451'. Occasionally the locomotive was placed in the centre of the train with two-sets of carriages either side with a Driver Trailer at both ends as seen in this close up in image 'lnwrk152b'.