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The London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) Jubilee Class is a class of steam locomotive designed for mainline passenger work. 191 locomotives were built between 1934 and 1936. They were built concurrently with the LMS Stanier Class 5 4-6-0.


The last 5 Patriots of Henry Fowler's Patriot class on order, 5552 to 5557, were built with William Stanier’s taper boiler and so became the first of the Jubilee class. 113 locomotives were ordered straight from the drawing board. They were initially a disappointment; their moderate degree of superheating often left them short of steam. Changes to the blastpipe and chimney dimensions helped to transform them.

On 29 April 1935 no. 5552, the first of the class, permanently swapped identities with no. 5642 which had been named Silver Jubilee on 19 April 1935. This change thus giving the name to the rest of the class, see LMS Jubilee Class 5552 Silver Jubilee.

They are often associated with the Midland Division, i.e. the lines inherited from the former Midland Railway. This is because until the late 1950s, it was rare for any 7P locomotives to work south of Leeds. Until then, Jubilees were the largest express engine normally found on the lines running out of St Pancrasmarker or radiating from Derbymarker. They could nevertheless be found on main lines throughout the former LMS system.


Although built over only a 3 year period the class had many variations due to improvements being made as they were built. The major differences were:
  • Boilers – 10 variations, mainly affecting the number of tubes. The earlier boilers were domeless but later boilers were domed. There were 2 sizes of fire grate area depending on whether the firebox throatplate was straight or sloping.
  • Bogies – Approximately 50 of the earlier locomotives were built with ex-Claughton bogies which had a 6’3” wheelbase compared to the later locomotives built with new bogies that had a wheelbase of 6’ 6”.
  • Smokebox Saddle – The first 113 locomotives were built with a 2 piece saddle, the rest had a conventional 1 piece saddle.
  • Tenders – 3 basic patterns were fitted; Fowler 3,500 gall. Fowler high-sided (10 off) and Stanier 4,000 gall. However, taking into account rivets, wheelbase, and welds this can be subdivided into a total of 8 patterns.


45637 Windward Islands was scrapped in 1952 due to damage sustained in the Harrow and Wealdstone rail crashmarker. The remaining locomotives were withdrawn between 1961 and 1967.

Technical details

  • Power Classification:
    • 5XP reclassified 6P in 1951, 6P5F in 1955 although 6P continued to be painted on cabsides.
    • Rebuilds reclassified 7P in 1951
  • Introduced: 1934–1936, 2 rebuilt with 2A boilers in 1942
  • Designer: William Stanier
  • Weights:
    • Loco – 79 tons 11 cwt (orig.), 82 t 0 cwt (rebuilt)
    • Tender – 54 t 13 cwt
  • Driving Wheel: 6 ft 9 in
  • Boiler pressure: 225 psi superheated (orig.), 250 psi superheated (reblt.)
  • Cylinders (3): 17 in x 26 in
  • Tractive Effort: 26,610 lbf (orig.), 29,570 lbf (rblt.)
  • Valve Gear: Walschaerts (piston valves)



Four jubilees have been preserved, 5593 Kolhapur, 5596 Bahamas and 5690 Leander have been worked in preservation.

The fourth, 5699 Galatea, was saved from Woodham Brothers scrapyard as a rusting hulk and is slowly being restored. She requires one new set of driving wheels after one of hers was cut up in Barry when she was derailed.

Number Name Location Condition Notes Link to database
5690 45690 Leander East Lancashire Railwaymarker In full working order, with main-line certificate
5593 45593 Kolhapur Tyseley Locomotive Worksmarker Awaiting overhaul
5596 45596 Bahamas Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Awaiting overhaul Double chimney
5699 45699 Galatea West Coast Railway Company, Carnforthmarker scrapyard condition, undergoing restoration


Image:45562 at New Basford 25th July 1964-1.jpg|45562 Alberta at New Basford, 25 July 1964. 45562 was the last Jubilee to be withdrawn in 1967Image:45572 Eire, Water Orton.jpg|45572 Eire at Water Orton. This locomotive was one of those whose names were changed to reflect changes in the name of the territory they were named after. She was originally called Irish Free StateImage:45735 at Rugby.jpg|In 1942, two locomotives 5735 Comet and 5736 Phoenix were rebuilt with larger 2A boilers. No more jubilees were treated (the Royal Scots and 18 LMS Patriots were rebuilt instead). Smoke deflectors were later added. 45735 Comet is pictured here at RugbyImage:LMS Jubilee 5690 'Leander' at Crewe Works.jpg|Preserved 5690 Leander in LMS crimson lake liveryImage:45596 Bahamas Oxenhope 1995.jpg|45596 Bahamas was fitted with a double chimney in 1961, and is subsequently seen here preservation in 1995


  • John F. Clay “Jubilees of the LMS”, Ian Allan published 1971
  • J W P Rowledge and Brian Reed “The Stanier 4-6-0s of the LMS”, David & Charles published 1977
  • “The Book of the Jubilee 4-6-0s”, Edited by Chris Hawkins ISBN 1-903266-27-0
  • Hugh Longworth British Railway Steam Locomotives 1948-1968 ISBN 0-86093-593-0
  • Bob Essery and George Toms (1994) Historical Locomotive Monographs No 2 – LMS Jubilees Wild Swan, ISBN 978-1-874103-17-2

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