British Railways 2-6-0 No. 62005
Carnforth, Lancashire, UK
Location: West Coast Railway Co.
Status: Overhaul
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Posted: Sep 11, 2021 @ 08:09:19 by Dale W Fickes
Re 62005. Whilst being built to a LNER basic design, may I suggest that this locomotive should more correctly be designated “British Railways” (being delivered from North British in June 1949, eighteen months after nationalisation) rather the than ‘London & North Eastern Railway’, for whom it may well have been originally ordered!
Posted: Sep 8, 2021 @ 04:09:27 by Russell Newman
The having finnished hauling the Jacobite for the 2021 season ex LNER K1 Class 2-6-0 No. 62005 has returned to West Coast Railway Company’s Depot at Carnforth in Lancashire as it has now been withdrawn from service for overhaul as the locomotive is in need of new tyres because of excessive flange wear on them and will need to be replaced before the locomotive sees further service again.
Posted: Feb 1, 2021 @ 06:02:45 by Russell Newman
The ex LNER K1 Class 2-6-0 No. 62005 has returned home to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway after some repairs carried out at West Coast Railway Company’s Depot at Carnforth in Lancashire. The locomotive will remain at the North Yorkshire Moors line till the start of the 2021 Jacobite Season from April.
Posted: Dec 5, 2019 @ 14:12:29 by Russell Newman
LNER K1 No. 62005 will be visiting the Great Central Railway for the first time this winter as the star visiting locomotive for their Winter Steam Gala on the 24th to 26th of January 2020.
Posted: May 31, 2019 @ 13:05:59 by Russell Newman
LNER K1 Class 2-6-0 No. 62005 will be taking a short break working the Jacobite trains in the West Highlands of Scotland to make a rare return home visit to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for their Annual Steam Gala from the 27th to 29th of September 2019.
Posted: Sep 21, 2018 @ 05:09:58 by Russell Newman
LNER K1 No. 62005 current location is at the West Coast Railway Company depot at Carnforth in Lancashire as its where the locomotive is mainly kept there for working the Jacobite trains on the West Highland Line in Scotland from Fort William to Mallaig.
Posted: Dec 10, 2016 @ 17:12:54 by Russell Newman
Tho normaly based at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway but with most of its mainline work in Scotland on the Jacobite. LNER K1 No. 62005 is mostly kept at West Railway Companys depot at Carnforth, Lancashire during the winter months. Tho it does make return visits to the Moors line on occasions.
Posted: May 10, 2010 @ 13:05:42 by Steve Frost
62005 was supposed to haul a train on the main line on 8th May 2010, but was found to have a crack in one cylinder the day before the run. It was to be assessed for possible repair by metal stitching on 10th May.
Posted: Mar 30, 2006 @ 08:03:50 by Steve Frost
March 2006. Currently at Carnforth where the boiler has been lifted for firebox repairs after cracks had been found around some stay holes in the outer firebox, and subsequent investigation showed that the backhead needed replacement too. The last photo I was shown showed the backhead completely removed, so repairs are progressing.
Posted: Dec 12, 2004 @ 15:12:16 by Steve Frost

62005 ran a couple of 'Christmas Shopper' excursions from Grosmont to Middlesbrough and return - first steam workings on the Esk Valley line for 12 months to the day. The loco looked excellent in its 1960's BR lined black and was sporting 'Lord of the Isles' nameplates from its sojourn at Fort William. Looked and sounded in fine fettle when it departed from Middlesbrough at 12.15 today (12th December 2004)


Posted: Mar 5, 2004 @ 05:03:16 by Steve Frost
Currently being prepared for another season on the West Highland line based at Fort William, before return to NYMR in the autumn.
Posted: May 6, 2003 @ 16:05:43 by Steve Frost

In the late 1930's Sir Nigel Gresley designed a small class of 3 cylinder 2-6-0s for the West Highland line, working to Fort William and Mallaig. They featured Gresley's conjugated valve gear to operate the inside cylinder. These were class K4 (see Fife: Thornton Junction for a preserved example). Gresley's successor, Edward Thompson, rebuilt one of these as a 2 cylinder simple, later No 61997. This was the first K1, of 1945. Arthur Peppercorn followed Thompson as Chief Mechanical Engineer of the LNER, and developed this into the 'production' K1s which were a little longer than the Thompson rebuild.

No 62005 was built in Glasgow by North British in 1949, and became something of a celebrity loco in the 1960's, hauling well remembered enthusiasts trips, like the '3 Dales' tour and double heading with the preserved K4 'The Great Marquess' on another special. It hauled the Royal train on one occasion, even if it was mainly to provide steam heat for an overnight stop. And it cheated destruction, too. At the end of steam in North East England in 1967, it was sent to the North Tees oil refinery, at Port Clarence, as a temporary stationary boiler, where it spent some months. Then it moved to storage in Leeds, where there were plans to use the boiler as a spare for the K4. Again, the K1 defied the odds, and was donated complete to the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group, who restored it to working order by 1975.

Since then it has run thousands of miles all over the country on steam specials, as well as on preserved railways, but is best known for its workings over the West Highland between Fort William and Mallaig, where it is a regular performer. My album photo shows it on a special running fast past Billingham in LNER green livery. It never carried this paint scheme in fact, but that green looks so good. Currently it is operating in more historically correct BR lined black as 62005.