By D McKay

The LMS Stanier Class 5 2-6-0 or Stanier Mogul was a mixed traffic locomotive. Forty were built between October 1933 and March 1934, developed from the Horwich Crab. They included several features brought from the Great Western Railway by William Stanier, notably the tapered boiler.

Due to a higher boiler pressure than the Crabs the cylinders were 3" smaller in diameter and so could be mounted horizontally, the only Stanier design to do so. Like the Crabs they were connected to a Fowler tender.

The Moguls were initially numbered 13245–13284 and were painted black, lined out, except during the austerity periods of the 1940s and at the end of the steam era.

Photo Hugh Llewelyn

From the end of 1934 Stanier turned to a larger 4-6-0 for his mixed traffic class, the ubiquitous Black Five Class. One Mogul (photo above) has been preserved on the Severn Valley Railway.

This fine looking model is in 3.5” gauge, and was shown by D McKay at the National Model Engineering and Modelling Exhibition when at Harrogate.



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