Ex-LNER B1 class locomotive No. 61106, pictured in Leicester.
British Railways (ex-LNER) B1 class 4-6-0, No. 61106, pictured hauling 'THE SOUTH YORKSHIREMAN' on the approach to Leicester Central Station. The B1's had been designed by Edward Thompson (the London & North Eastern Railway's Chief Mechanical Engineer) as a mixed-traffic work horse and the class proved to be both successful and popular; a far cry from Mr. Thompson's other designs. 'THE SOUTH YORKSHIREMAN' was one of the named trains to run over the old Great Central Railway line, along with others like 'THE MASTER CUTLER'. This image was captured sometime around 1955. Note the man casually sitting on one of the bridge girders, and the wording 'BRITISH RAILWAYS' on the locomotive's tender. See on Route Map