Ex-LMS 4-6-0 Black 5 No 44716, wearing Shed plate 2A, lies derailed on the southbound London lines under GC bridge. Number 44716 was built at Horwich works in November 1948 and remained in service until July 1965 when withdrawn from Crewe South shed for scrapping in September 1965 by Bird's of Long Marston.
Bob Haddon writes, 'The class 5 must have laid on its side for some time as it appears not to be in steam. In the foreground is an old 6 wheeled carriage, that must have been a tool van with the Rugby breakdown train/crane. In the background can be seen the old corrugated steel fence where we spotters used to stand up until the time the embankment was dug out to form a road entrance from Abbey Street to the new power box that replaced all the manual boxes. Above the girder bridge can be seen the chimney for the Coop Laundry in Abbey Street. Above the Black 5's tender, a ladder is leaning against the telegraph pole. That pole would be carrying the wires for the GC line. I wonder did the GCR pay rent for the girder bridge abutments and the telegraph pole? For the record the LNWR wires crossed the girder bridge on that extra tall pole just behind the girder bridge'.