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Ex-LMS 5XP 4-6-0 Jubilee class No 45654 'Hood' is seen standing at the East end of Platform 3 at the head of a New Street to Euston express

Ex-LMS 5XP 4-6-0 Jubilee class No 45654 'Hood' is seen standing at the East end of Platform 3 at the head of a New Street to Euston express on 8th August 1964. Built as LMS No 5654 by Crewe works in February 1935 No 45654 remained in service until June 1966 when it was withdrawn from Newton Heath shed in Manchester to be scrapped by TW Ward of Beighton near Sheffield although records show it was in store at Staveley shed in January 1962. There is a Warwickshire connection with the locomotive's name.

Neil Alvison writes, 'The Jubilee locomotives numbered from 45639 to 45678 were named after Sea Lords, meaning that the locomotive was named after Admiral Hood (as was Lord Nelson class No 30859, Lord Hood). Locomotives from No 45679 to No 45730 were named after Royal Navy warships, but, as Hood had already been allocated to No 45654 after the Admiral, a second locomotive, especially of the same class, could hardly be subsequently be named after the ship'. The Hoods were resident at Whitley Abbey, Coventry from the latter part of the 198th century well into the 19th century and there is still a Lord Hood of Whitley who resides in the London area according to Burke's Peerage. There was a Hood House at Whitley Abbey School until the house system was scrapped some years ago.

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