The ‘Black Fives’ were mixed traffic class locomotives, a ‘do-anything-go-anywhere’ type, designed by Sir William Stanier. In their early days the locomotives were known as the ‘Black Staniers’ from their black livery but later on they became known as ‘Black Fives’; the number referring to the power classification. ‘Black Fives’ occasionally worked as far south as Bournemouth and even ran over the Mid Hants Railway, 'the 'Watercress Line'. This locomotive class was large enough for the steep gradients but small enough to be economical. Eighteen of the Class have been preserved. In 1974, ‘45379’ was bought for restoration and taken to the Avon Valley Railway, then later to The Great Central Railway. It was bought from there by MHRPS, coming to Alresford on 1 March, 2002.

The restoration of ‘45379’ was completed in time for the Somerset & Dorset Steam Spectacular that ran between 10-12 September appearing alongside the visiting S&DJR Class 7F No. 88, the five year restoration effort visible for all to see. ‘45379’ is currently a welcome guest of The 1:1 Collection, awaiting overhaul for its return to steam. 

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R3805 BR Class 5MT 4-6-0 "45379"-Limited Edition of 1000

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    Length 256mm
    DCC Type DCC Ready
    Period Era 11 (2014 +)
    Operator/Livery Late BR Black
    Limited Edition Yes
    Limited Edition Size 1,000
    Class Class 5MT
    Designer Sir William Stanier
    Entered Service 1937
    Minimum Curve R2
    Age Suitability 14+
    Motor 5 Pole Skew Wound
    Wheel Configuration 4-6-0