The 54s

BR Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0, No.75078, was one of the engines I cut my teeth on, so to speak, on the former London & South Western Railway routes from London to Bournemouth and the West country. A turn, on which these engines regularly featured, was the 54 minutes to the hour services from Waterloo to Basingstoke, calling at Woking and all stations to Basingstoke.

One of my earliest runs down the main line, after transferring from 55C to 70A, was the 19.54 down  a service which was usually hauled by one of the Class 4s or by one their big sisters the Class 5s  – it was pot luck which one you got. In addition to their duties on the 54s the BR Standard Class 4s also saw regular turns on the 04.40 Waterloo – Salisbury and on ‘banana trains’ from Southampton Docks to Nine Elms goods, I worked on them too.

No.75078 is pictured here crossing Mytholmes viaduct on the K&WVR. A long way from the old LSWR main line!

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