LMS Stanier Class 8F 2-8-0


The London, Midland and Scottish Railway's 8F class 2-8-0 heavy freight locomotive was a class of steam locomotive designed for hauling heavy freight. 852 were built between 1935 and 1946 at various railway workshops all across the United Kingdom. It was considered as a freight version of William Stanier's successful Black Five, and the class saw extensive service overseas during and after the Second World War. The 8F design incorporated the two-cylinder arrangement of the Black Fives. They were initially classified 7F, but this was later changed to the more familiar 8F.

On the outbreak of the Second World War, the design was chosen to become the country's standard freight design, reprising the role the GCR Class 8K had in the First World War. The War Department had 208 8Fs built by Beyer Peacock and North British Locomotive Company and requisitioned 51 more. Stanier 8F production for the WD continued until 1943, when the cheaper WD Austerity 2-8-0 was introduced. Production for British domestic use continued until 1946.

The "Big Four" Railways

Some 331 locomotives were built for the London Midland and Scottish Railway between 1935-45. A further 245 were built by the London and North Eastern Railway, Great Western Railway and Southern Railway in 1943-45 for LMS stock, though mostly retained on loan by the other railways during the war. The LNER also purchased 68 Stanier 8Fs for its own use in 1944-46, classifying them O6, though these were also sold to the LMS after the war.

British Railways

624 8Fs passed into British Railways ownership when Britain's railways were nationalised in 1948. A further 39 were purchased from MEF stock in 1948, and a final 3 from the Longmoor Military Railway in 1957, bringing the total to 666. The 8Fs were concentrated on the London Midland Region, but were also allocated to former LMS sheds on other regions. Despite some having operated in Scotland by the LMS, they were not common on the Scottish Region under BR ownership as the later WD 'Austerity' 2-8-0 and 2-10-0 types were used instead.


The 8Fs were successful and durable locomotives in BR service, with all 666 locomotives surviving until 1960. Routine withdrawals began in 1964 with 150 surviving to the last year of steam on BR.

Key Features

  • All examples that ran in the UK
  • Authentic audio recorded from Stanier-designed locos, with additional audio supplied by Steam Sounds Supreme
  • 6 authentic liveries:
      • British Railways - Early
      • British Railways - Late
      • GWR-style LMS livery
      • London, Midland & Scottish Railway
      • London North Eastern Railway (LNER & NE lettering)
      • Preserved 48151 in mainline condition
  • Tenders
    • Stanier 4,000 Gallon Tender
    • Fowler 3,500 Gallon Tender (BR Late only)
  • Customisable lamp arrangement (locomotive and tender)
  • High Intensity lamps for fictional modern mainline running (48151 only).
  • Radio Electronic Token Block (RETB) system (48151 only)
  • A selection of 30 headboards (48151 only) including:
    • The Great Britain
    • Cathedrals Express
    • Cumbrian Mountain Express
    • The North Wales Coast Express
    • Welsh Marches Express
    • Royal Scot - 2 versions
    • The Thames-Clyde Express
    • The Red Rose
    • The Waverley
  • Customisable loco numbers, controlling the following features:
    • Number
    • Shed plate code
    • Ejector type
    • Reversing rod type
    • Lamp Irons
    • Balanaced or Unbalanced Wheels, including cabside star on Late BR livery
    • Lamp codes (front and rear)
    • Yellow cab stripe (BR 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
  • 4 engaging scenarios
  • 105 Quick Drive consists*
  • 8
  • 10
  • 9
  • 7

    Rolling Stock

    • LMS (ex-LNWR) 4 Plank Coal Wagon - Diagram 53
      • LMS and BR liveries
    • LMS (ex-LNWR) 5 Plank Coal Wagon - Diagram 54
      • LMS and BR liveries
    • LMS 20T Brake Van
      • LMS and BR liveries
    • BR Carflat FVV
      • Loaded and Unloaded 
      • Green, Red, White and Blue 1960s period cars
    • BR Conflat A
      • with Insulated Containers for frozen goods