LMS Route: Trent Valley Line
LMS Route: Nuneaton to Leamington
Nuneaton Station: lnwrns1686
Ex-LMS 2-6-4T 4MT No 42331 is seen standing at Nuneaton whilst
at the head of a passenger service. In publications this photograph carried a
caption describing the train as being the return leg of a Leicester Railway
Society special to Leicester on 30th December 1961. Vic Smith wrote to me to
correct my repeating thisinformation. He wrote 'Reference photograph
lnwrns1686. Described as Ex-LMS
2-6-4T 4MT No 42331 is seen at the head of a Leicester Railway Society special
on the return leg to Leicester on 30th December 1961. I have recently
been researching this rail tour and have great doubts about this photograph
being the train described, based on the following facts:
- Rail tour ticket was printed Leicester (London Road) to
Rugby (Midland) and back.
- On 30 December 1961 Britain was covered with a thick blanket
of snow resulting in 33 football matches cancelled and no matches were played
in the Midlands.
- Photo of No 42331 at
Broughton Astley Station in deep snow, with head board and
train reporting number.
- Why is the train at Nuneaton?
- No snow visible in photo
- No headboard or train number.
- Front coupling hanging down, not on drawbar hook as other
I may be wrong, but the facts seem stacked
against this being the LRS Rail tour.
The electrification of the West Coast mainline required most
bridges to be rebuilt to provide sufficient clearance to install overhead
catenary as can be seen by the rebuilt Leicester Road bridge above the third
coach. Built at Derby works in March 1929 No 42331 remained in service until
August 1962 when it was withdrawn from Leicester (Midland) shed to be scrapped
in May 1963 by J Cashmore of Great Bridge.