The National Railway Museum’s LSWR M7 tank is one of two members of the once 105 strong class of M7 tank.
The NRM’s number 245 was the fourth member of the class to be built in Nine Elms, emerging in 1897, although the ancestry of this 0-4-4 tank engine can be traced back to the North British Railway’s 157 class of 1877.
Finished in beautiful LSWR lined Green, 245 is one of the short-framed versions of the class. Fortunately the other survivor of the class number 30053; found on the Swanage Railway; is of the long-framed type – so one of each version has survived. Short framed M7 tank engine’s such as 245 were built for light passenger work but were not fitted with pull-push equipment.
245 lasted into British Railways service and was finally withdrawn in 1962. 245 can currently be found in one of the corners of the Station Hall in the National Railway Museum, York. Yet another gem in this fantastic collection!
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