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Posted by M636C on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 4:16 AM

What an ingenious trick: they didn't like five digit loco numbers and so they christened this loco: number "No-10000!". If more would have been built, no, that was off limits because of this five digit number, but iiff, there would have been a No-10001, No-10002 and so on. - Sara T

There was no lack of five digit locomotive numbers in the UK following the "Grouping" of 1923.

It is in the United States where five digit numbers are avoided.

The London Midland and Scottish Railway made extensive use of five digit numbers.

All the locomotives absorbed from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, including new locomotives built to those designs were numbered above 10 000 and kept those numbers until renumbered by British Railways from 1948 onward.. All the locomotives from Scottish Railways (Caledonian, Highland and so on) were also numbered above 10 000.

The LMS added 20 000 to the numbers of obsolete locomotives to allow new locomotives to occupy the lower series.

And of course from 1948 all the steam locomotives from all the railways except the former Great Western had five digit numbers. Flying Scotsman became 60103, Mallard became 60022,, Evening Star was built as 92220.. Clearly they made full use of the five digits....

I think this post is relevant to the subject of the thread. The new "Clan" will be 72010 Hengist.

Peter

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