BR 4-6-2 'Sir William A. Stanier F.R.S.' Princess Coronation Class (Modified) Late BR Red - Era 5
Operator/Livery:BR (Red) Class: Princess Coronation
Designer: Sir William Stanier
Motor: 5 Pole Skew Wound
Wheel Configuration: 4-6-2
Special Features: NEM Couplings
The story of the Princess Coronation Class is one of split personalities and purposes and represents the difference in opinions and attitudes between design on the one hand, and perceived cost savings on the other.
The original streamlined form of the class arose from tests by the London Midland Scottish Railway’s Research Department on Stanier’s development of the Princess Royal class locomotives. Stanier was said to be ambivalent about the economic value of streamlining, but was aware of the publicity value of such a design. When the opportunity to produce five conventional versions of the Coronation Pacific as a comparison to the streamlined version arose, Stanier was quoted as saying, “They can have their streamliners if they b***** want them, but we will also build them five proper ones”.