Ex-LNWR 3P 4-4-0 Precursor class No 25319 'Bucephalus' is seen standing at platform one on an up local passenger service on 16th February 1939. The 'wisp of steam from the cab roof' is from the carriage warming safety valve. Peter Skellon of the LNWR Society wrote 'The steam emanating around the front end of the engine and beneath the first coach is also an indication that the crew have 'the steam heat on'.' Whilst Philip Millard, also of the LNWR Society and noted expert and author of several books on LNWR carriages, wrote 'The first carriage is of Midland Railway origin. The train undoubtedly originated at Birmingham New Street, and its destination will be either Rugby or Leamington Spa. I am guessing Leamington.' Built as LNWR No 990 in April 1906 it gained its LMS running number - No 5319 - in July 1927 and was later placed on the duplicate list by the simple procedure of adding the number '2' to its number. It remained in service until it was withdrawn in December 1940 and was scrapped at Crewe works immediately afterwards.
Photographed in black & white by HW Robinson - Colourised and copyright by David P Williams