Mike Casey’s

LMS BLACK FIVE

IN 7.25” GAUGE


William Stanier was born in Swindon where his father worked for the GWR as clerk to William Dean. Stanier junior was apprenticed at Swindon and rose from draughtsman in 1897 to Works Manager in 1920. In 1931 he was headhunted by the LMS to be their new Chief Mechanical Engineer.  Stanier took a lot of GW knowledge with him and he set about creating a series of successful large, modern engines which included the Jubilees, Princesses, 8F, 4MT, Turbomotive and, of course, the Black Five, one of the most successful ever all-rounder steam locomotives.

Stanier was knighted in 1943, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He was one of two I Mech E presidents that built a model locomotive, the other being Sir High Ford, another ex-Swindon apprentice.

The Black Five was introduced in 1934. By 1951 some 842 had been built. Black Fives continued up to the last day of steam and no less than 18 are preserved and more than half are operational.

The name comes from the power classification - 5 - and being painted black. It is one of the most modelled engines, including a design in 7.25” gauge by Martin Evans which he called Highlander.

Manxman, Mike Casey, built this superb engine from Crewe Works’ drawings, with the chosen prototype being 5212, now running on the Keighley and Worth Railway. Mike did make use of Highlander castings for the loco wheels, horns and cylinders. The tender wheels were home-cast, and all loco and tender wheels have shrunk-on steel tyres.

This loco looks wonderful, but is designed for hard and constant use at the club track at the Wild Life Park on the Isle of Man. When driving, the cab upper section can be tilted and removed, and a section of the engine cab slides out for removal. The rear, sloping section of the tender is replaced with a seat for driving. The driver’s footrests also work the tender brakes. Large and small ejectors are fitted for vacuum brakes, all passenger trucks are vacuum-braked.

The model is fitted with experimental lubricators, in an effort to avoid worn ratchets or clutches. A commercial cast box is fitted with a small ram, driven by a rocker and tappet arrangement. The tappet screw adjusts the delivery volume.

A working water scoop is fitted, but untested!