Crimson Lake Crab

You don’t only find Crabs at the seaside!

Loco Yard

Watercress Line Autumn Steam Gala 24 October 2015 - LMS Hughes Crab 13065Arguably one of the more striking of steam locomotive liveries; the deep red, maroon, carmine or crimson lake was used by the former London, Midland and Scottish Railway, inherited from the Midland Railway.  The Hughes Crab (or Horwich Mogul) wore this stunning livery at the beginning of its career, before being relegated somewhat by being painted black as per its mixed traffic status.  Such an illustrious colour does look good on this distinctive looking class and 13065 was a popular locomotive at the Watercress Line’s Autumn Steam Gala 2015.  Indeed it was a rare visit to the south for the only working surviving crab class locomotive, that had travelled some distance from its usual base at the East Lancashire Railway.  This no doubt contributed to the success of the Mid Hants Railway’s event.

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