46256 "Sir William A. Stanier F.R.S.", Crewe North MPD, October 1964
From the Geoff Plumb Collection of original slides. 46256 "Sir William A. Stanier F.R.S." was the last of the class in service and its final working was the return leg of the RCTS "Scottish Lowlander" Railtour from Carlisle to Crewe on Saturday 26th September 1964. Due to operational problems, this tour ran rather late on its final stretches and the loco was officially withdrawn from service before it had arrived back at Crewe! A few weeks later it is seen dumped at Crewe North MPD, shorn of its smokebox numberplate and nameplates, but still adorned with the reporting number board, 1X75, of its final working. Photo by Mike Burnett.