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45305 (known as '5305') is a member of the most numerous class of locomotives ever built in Britain - referred to as the 'Black 5s'. These mixed traffic engines were designed by Sir William Stanier and built by the London Midland & Scottish Railway. They were two-cylinder locomotives, which were given power classification 5MT, were seen at work on all parts of the railway's system and were a 'maid of all work'. They were equally at home on freight trains and express passenger trains (even performing on such prestigious trains as the Royal Scot - usually in pairs). They were regular performers on certain principle named trains, in particular, they hauled the Pines Express through Birmingham and Gloucester and on to Bath Green Park. The locomotive was then released as the train reversed and ran over the traditional S & D route to Bournemouth West. A truly 'go anywhere, do anything' locomotive! Members of the class survived in B.R. service right up until the last day on mainline steam in 1968.

In LMS & BR service only four Black 5s were ever named. In preservation, this locomotive was given the name 'Alderman A.E.Draper', which it carries today.

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