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Also mention of the crown above the nameplate is a mistake.
It's the Birmingham coat-of-arms which was dedicated in 1945 when the loco was still fully streamlined and in its black wartime livery…' Bob adds - 'I guess we all have our childhood favourites, and it just so happens that City of Birmingham is one of mine.
A few weeks later I met the doyen of young train spotters called Bonzo.
Aged thirteen, he was a veritable professor on railways, who taught me all I needed to know about the Stanier 'Black 5' two-cylinder 4-6-0s with Belpaire fireboxes, tapered boilers and outside Walschaerts valve gear; the 3-cylinder express variant 'Jubilee' class and rebuilt 'Royal Scots', and the 4-cylinder 'Princess Royal' and 'Coronation' class Pacifics.
Didn't she realise how important this answer was an emphatic 'No, no, no!
For example, I numbered the above loco as 46220, which, for an ex-1950s spotter is a cardinal sin!
(Above-Below) A locomotive nameplate, 'QUEEN ELIZABETH', from the Class 7P (later 8P) 'Coronation' 4-6-2 No 6221, the second of the Class built at Crewe in Coronation Year 1937 and named after the wife of King George VI, the former Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, born on 4th August 1900.
Built in streamlined condition with LMS blue livery, in common with all the first five Coronations, she was allocated new to Camden in June 1937 but moved north of the border in 1939 to Polmadie where she spent most of her working life.
A year after the streamlined casing was removed the loco became 46239 upon nationalisation in.
A long time allocation to Camden (1B) the loco moved to Willesden (1A) for a short time and finally Crewe North (5A) from where she was withdrawn in September 1964.
The loco was broken up at Cashmores, Great Bridge in December 1964.