LNWR 4-4-0 Renown Class No 1958 'Royal Oak' is seen standing in line fully serviced for the next day's working. Constructed by Crewe works No 1958 was named in March 1902 and remained in service until November 1928 when it was withdrawn as LMS No 5181. The Class were rebuilds of Webb's four-cylinder Jubilee and Alfred the Great compounds. The two-cylinder simple engines were converted first by George Whale and then later continued by Charles Bowen-Cooke. The first to be rebuilt was No 1918 'Renown' in 1908. The rebuilds retained their original numbers which unusually for the LNWR were numbered sequentially in a logical number series. Thus the Renowns were all numbered in the 19011940 series for ex-Jubilee Class and 19411980 for ex-Benbow class. In 1920, locomotive No 1914 'Invincible' was renumbered as No 1257 so that No 1914 could be applied to the Claughton Class war memorial engine No 1914 'Patriot'.
Photographer Henry L Salmon