LB&SCR 42 1903 London Victoria
London, Brighton & South Coast Railway R.Billinton 'B4' class 4-4-0 No. 42 'His Majesty'. Built at Brighton in June 1902 and withdrawn in April 1947 as SR No. 2042.
The B4's were allocated the heaviest express trains until around 1912 after which larger and more powerful locomotives were used. They were then used on less demanding services and had long lives in this role. This lovely portrait at Victoria Station in 1903 shows their beautiful livery and graceful lines. 'His Majesty' was the obvious choice for the LB&SCR Royal Train when it took the Prince and Princess of Wales to Portsmouth in August 1902 for their Imperial tour. Note the shed code 'B' for Battersea behind the bufferbeam.
© Steve Armitage Collection