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BR Standard Class 5-MT 4-6-0 (Standard Arthur)

photograph by Alan Robinson

"Standard Arthur" Nº73115 "King Pellinore" at Weymouth shed, 24 October 1964

Designed by RA Riddles and built at Derby and Doncaster, the Standard Class 5 was a very similar locomotive to the smaller Standard Class 4 in appearance - but with larger boiler and driving wheels. It followed largely in the footsteps of the successful Stanier LMS Class 5s built from 1934, but with many enhancements, such as roller bearings. The first loco entered traffic in April 1951 and immediately proved itself a success. In all, some 172 were built between then and 1957 and were put to work on all regions of BR, although there were not many on the Eastern Region. The locos were paired with some six different tenders ranging from the BR1 of 49 tons 3 cwt, capacity 4,200 galls, to the BR1F of 55 tons 5 cwt, capacity 5,650 galls.

The initial allocation of locos on the Southern Region was put to work on the Kent Coast lines but when those routes were electrified many were transferred to work on the South Western section, mainly between London and Salisbury and London and Bournemouth. Locos allocated to both the Southern and Midland Regions could be found at times working the late-lamented "Pines Express".

In early 1959 it was decided to name 20 of the Southern Region Class 5s using names previously carried by withdrawn examples of the King Arthur Class. These named locos, named between May 1959 and May 1961, came to be known as "Standard Arthurs" and were:

Number
73080
73081
73082
73083
73084
73085
73086
73087
73088
73089
Name
Merlin
Excalibur
Camelot
Pendragon
Tintagel
Melisande
The Green Knight
Linette
Joyous Guard
Maid of Astolat
Number
73110
73111
73112
73113
73114
73115
73116
73117
73118
73119
Name
The Red Knight
King Uther
Morgan Le Fay
Lyonnesse
Etarre
King Pellinore
Iseuit
Vivien
King Leodegrance
Elaine
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  • 73119
    Raynes Park
    Nº73119 Elaine passes through Raynes Park in September 1962 at the head of an up Southampton Docks boat train. The train has an interesting rake of stock including a decidedly grubby Gresley brake in red livery behind the tender and a Pullman in the middle of its seven vehicle consist.
    Photograph by Mike Morant.
  • 73110
    Basingstoke
    Nº73110 The Red Knight at Basingstoke.
    Photograph by Keith Harwood.
  • 73082
    Guildford
    Nº73082 Camelot on Guildford turntable, 20th February 1966.
    Photograph by Ray Soper.
  • 73110
    Guildford
    Nº73110 The Red Knight on shed at Guildford, 20th February 1966.
    Photograph by Ray Soper.
  • 73018
    Weymouth
    Nº73018 with a rake of XP vans in tow, at Weymouth, 21st June 1966.
    Photograph by Ray Soper.
  • 73084
    Guildford
    Nº73084 Tintagel comes off Guildford shed and passes under the long footbridge which crosses the station and the stabling sidings.
    Photograph by Keith Harwood.
  • 73029
    Clapham Jn
    Nº73029 seen light engine at Clapham Junction during 1966.
    Photograph by Ray Soper.
  • 73029
    Clapham Jn
    Now Nº73029 is at the head of a train at the same Clapham Junction during 1966.
    Photograph by Ray Soper.
  • 73018
    Weymouth
    Nº73018 running light engine at Weymouth on 21st June 1966.
    Photograph by Ray Soper.
  • 73080
    Oops a daisy!
    Oops a daisy! Nº73080 Merlin down on the ballast at Weymouth, 21st June 1966.
    Photograph by Ray Soper.
  • 73080
    Oh dear!
    This near front-on view shows how well and truly Nº73080 is off the rails. No doubt with a little magic it'll soon be back in business!
    Photograph by Ray Soper.
  • 73080
    Head scratching!
    And the view from behind. No decision seems to have been arrived at as to the best way to re-rail the engine.
    Photograph by Ray Soper.
  • 73082
    Bluebell
    After the end of steam on BR there were moves to save various versions of the LMS "Black 5"/BR "Standard 5" and a number of examples are around today. One such is Nº73082, Camelot, the sole surviving "Standard Arthur", which was rescued from Dai Woodhams' scrap yard at Barry Island by The Camelot Society and returned to steam in October 1995. Here Nº73082 Camelot pulls a Santa Special on the Bluebell Railway in December 1999.
    Photograph by Tony Pearce.
  • 73082
    Kingscote
    An atmospheric Nº73082 Camelot arrives at Kingscote on a dull and misty 1st January 1998.
    Photograph by Marion Richards.
  • 73082
    Bluebell
    Camelot working a service to Kingscote on 21 July 2001.
    This shot gives a good view of the siting of the nameplates on the "Standard Arthurs".
    Photograph by Colin Duff.
  • 73082
    Sheffield Park
    BR Standard class 5MT Nº73082 Camelot, but then nicknamed "Lotto", shunting the Pullman Set at Sheffield Park on 21st July 2001.
    Photograph by Colin Duff.
  • 73082
    Horsted Keynes
    Nº73082 Camelot at Horsted Keynes working a Kingscote service on 21st July 2001.
    Photograph by Colin Duff.
  • 73082
    Horsted Keynes
    Nº73082 Camelot departing with an up service from Horsted Keynes on afternoon of 21st July 2001.
    Photograph by Colin Duff.

Technical Details

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April 1951
6 ft 2 ins
3 ft
62 ft 7 ins
 
76 tons 4 cwt
(BR1) 41 tons 3 cwt
(BR1B) 50 tons 5 cwt
(BR1C) 53 tons 5 cwt
(BR1F) 55 tons 5 cwt
(BR1G) 52 tons 10 cwt
(BR1H) 49 tons 3 cwt
 
(BR1) 4,200 gals
(BR1B) 4,725 gals
(BR1C) 4,725 gals
(BR1F) 5,625 gals
(BR1G) 5,000 gals
(BR1H) 4,250 gals
19 in x 28 in
225 lb sq in
26,120 lb
7 tons (BR1C 9 tons)
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