LMS 5XP Jubilee Class


In 1932, William Stanier arrived at the London Midland & Scottish company to become Chief Mechanical Engineer. His task was to produce a modern standard range of locomotives to allow for withdrawal of many indifferent and varied pre-grouping machines that were difficult and expensive to maintain.

The first design of a new 4-6-0 incorporating a tapered boiler (influenced from the time Stanier spent with GWR) was commissioned in May of 1932. An initial batch of 5 made up the order, with them first appearing on display at Euston in 1934. While this was taking place, a further order was placed in June of 1933 for an additional 108 locomotives, split between Derby, Crewe and North British Locomotive works, with the Derby allocation being rushed into traffic as early as Christmas of 1934.

This haste however, proved somewhat of a back track, as final condition of locomotives invariably differed between batches. Those from Crewe showing influence from the earlier Patriot class. Later on, indecision over appropriate tenders lead to no less than three variants being married to the locomotives until a common design as settled upon.

The first examples of the class were put to work on Euston to Birmingham services, for which they were quickly disliked by their crews, commenting that the new machines were inferior to the Patriot Class they were intended to replace. Testing was thus commenced with locomotives running Euston to Wolverhampton runs where the class was allowed to settle for a while.

By 1939 the entire class were working as expected, with most centred around Birmingham to Euston duties, while some had become scattered around the LMS network.

To commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V in 1935, the LMS decided to name one of its 4-6-0s Silver Jubilee, and in April of that year, selected one of the newest examples to could, to service that honour. While a long list of glossy alterations was made to improve her appearance, the most notable was the sudden change from 5642 to 5552 - becoming the official first member of the class. Effectively the two locomotives had switched places, for which very little of this was know to the public. As a result, the rest of the 4-6-0s in this class inherited the title, which was later abbreviated to just 'Jubilees'.

Key Features

  • All 191 Jubilee nameplates
  • Authentic audio recorded from 45690 Leander and other LMS designs.
  • 6 authentic liveries:
    • London, Midland & Scottish Railway
      • Crimson Lake 
      • Post-War Black - (Exclusive to BMG Website)
      • Black & Chrome (5552 Silver Jubilee only)
      • Experimental Blue - (Exclusive to BMG Website)
    • British Railways
      • Green
      • Black
  • Tenders
    • Stanier 4,000 Gallon Tenders
      • LMS Crimson - welded & rivetted tanks
      • LMS Post-War Black - welded & rivetted tanks
      • LMS Experimental Blue - rivetted tanks
      • BR Green - welded & rivetted tanks, early & late BR crests
      • BR Black - welded & rivetted tanks, early & late BR crests
    • Fowler 3,500 Gallon Tenders
      • LMS Crimson
      • LMS Post-War Black
      • LMS Experimental Blue
      • BR Green - early & late BR crests
      • BR Black - early & late BR crests
  • Customisable lamp arrangement (locomotive and tender)
  • High Intensity lamps for mainline running
  • A selection of headboards:
    • The Great Britain
    • Cathedrals Express
    • Cumbrian Mountain Express
    • The North Wales Coast Express
    • Welsh Marches Express
  • Customisable loco numbers, controlling the following features:
    • Number
    • Nameplate (automatically selected by the loco's number)
    • Builders Plates (automatically selected by the loco's number)
    • Dome & top-feed types
    • Smokebox saddle type
    • Chimney type
    • Shed plate code
    • Lamp codes (front and rear)
    • Headboards
    • Yellow cab stripe (BR Green only)
    • Locomotive condition
  • Realistic performance physics
  • Realistic regulator and steam chest simulation
  • Vacuum Brake Ejectors
  • BR ATC simulation
  • Injector simulation
  • Gauge Glass blowdown
  • Realistic adhesion model
  • Stunning fire and smoke effects
  • Directional sanders
  • Functioning isolation valves in cab
  • Steam heat simulation
  • Opening cab doors, windows and vents
  • Gauge vibrations at speed
  • Performance mode for less powerful PCs
  • Water Scoop
  • Automatic Fireman
  • 5 engaging scenarios
  • 50 Quick Drive consists
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