Stanier 4-6-2 Princess Coronation Class
The finest Pacific Class locomotive to run on Britain's railways?
The demands of maintaining the streamlined form of the Princess Coronation Class exceeded the cost savings to the LMS in coal and, in October 1945, the decision was taken to remove the streamlining. This process (defrocking as the fitters called it), began with 6235 'City of Birmingham' in April 1946 and because the smokeboxes were angled down between the chimney and door to accommodate the sweep of the streamlined casing, they retained this look once the casing was removed. Eventually the raked smokeboxes were replaced with conventional, round topped smokeboxes, so that by late 1958 the majority of the fleet showed a similar appearance, although all the defrocked locomotives had the split platform ‘utility’ front end.