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The LMS inherited a mixed bag of express locomotives, the latest of which were the ex-LNWR “Claughtons”. The apogee of LMS express power was the Stanier “Princess Coronation” class, the streamlined pioneer of this class being seen here on the “Coronation” express train introduced in 1937.


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The Great Western Railway's principal expresses were entrusted to the famous “King” class but the true standard express class was Collett's immortal “Castle” 4-6-0, of which 171 examples were built, construction lasting from 1924 until 1951!


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The Southern Railway inherited a mixed bag of express locomotives, the best probably being Drummond's class T9 4-4-0s dating back to the 1890s! These are their larger-boilered development, the L12s, no. E423 being seen at Waterloo.

For most of its existance Maunsell's “King Arthur” 4-6-0s were the principal Southern express locomotives, Bulleid's creations only supplanting them during and after the War.


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The LNER, like the GWR, had a successful lineage of express passenger power, the Great Northern “Atlantics” being highly successful whilst their lineal successors, Gresley's iconic “Pacifics” - the first of which was “Flying Scotsman” - were to include the World's fastest-ever locomotive, “Mallard”. Here we see his first streamlined A4, “Silver Link”.

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