City of Birmingham, a Steam Locomotive

Picture of City of Birmingham, a steam locomotive from The Olden Days
City of Birmingham

Built: No.6235 was built in 1939 at Crewe

Description: It was streamlined and was the first to be fitted with a double chimney as built. Originally, London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) Princess Coronation Class. Passed to British Railways in 1948, re-numbered as 46235 and became Dutchess class. Tractive efffort 40,000 lbf.

Duties: Built to haul the Coronation Scot, an express passenger train of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway inaugurated in 1937 for the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. This ran until the start of the war in 1939, on the West Coast Main Line between London (Euston station) and Glasgow (Central station), stopping at Carlisle for crew change and to pick up and set down passengers to and from London only.

Significant Events: First to be built streamlined and fitted with a double chimney. The streamlining was removed for maintenance reasons in April 1946, making it the first streamliner to be destreamlined.

Retirement: After being withdrawn in 1964, it was passed through for preservation at Birmingham Science Museum. She is too tall for work on the national network, though many enthusiasts continue to urge its return.

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