LMS 4-6-0 5XP Patriot class No 5511 'Isle of Man' is seen standing at Platform 2 at the head of a Euston to Wolverhampton service. Under the smokebox number can be seen a small plate with the legend '3B' which indicated the locomotive is allocated to Bushbury shed in Wolverhampton. The short length of the down platform caused most trains of intermediate length or longer to foul the through down road and was therefore always a bottleneck. The building to the immediate right is the original 1838 London and Birmingham single road shed often mistakenly called the 'Midland' shed in the belief the Midland Railway built the structure. Built notionally as a LNWR Claughton rebuild at Crewe works in August 1932 No 45511 'Isle of Man' lasted in service for nearly 39 years despite being involved in the horrific four-train crash at Kings Langley. It was eventually withdrawn from Carlisle Upperby shed in February 1961 before being scrapped at Crewe works in March 1961.
Photographed by HW Robinson © Steam Archive