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Ellis Clark Trains E1005ZS O Gauge Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 "Black 5", Late BR Lined, '45231' 'The Sherwood Forester', Welded Tender, DCC Sound (Limited Edition)

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This particular Black 5 comes finished as it is currently preserved: Late BR Lined livery, with a welded tender, the running number '45231' and name 'The Sherwood Forester'

History of '45231'

New to the LMS 08/1936 with Armstrong Whitworth works number 1286. 45231 was initially allocated to Carlisle Upperby (12B). When under BR where it was allocated to Patricroft (10C) where it remained for around 6 years. A re-allocation to Northampton (2E) at the beginning of October 1954 was then followed by spells at Aston (3D), Stoke (5D), Aston (21D), Rugby (2A), Chester (6A), Speke Junction (8C) and Carnforth (10A) where it was withdrawn. From here 45231 was bought from BR by Michael Stephenson and was kept at Carnforth Steamtown museum. From here the locomotive moved to the Great Central Railway in 1973, followed by a brief spell at the Nene Valley Railway from 1989 - 1993. 45231 moved back to the GCR after being bought by the railway in 1996 and received “The Sherwood Forester” nameplates. In 2001 Bert Hitchen bought 45231 and returned it to mainline standards working for Steam Dreams tours. Bert passed away in 2015 and 45231 was purchased by Jeremy Hosking and now forms part of the Locomotive Services Limited fleet of heritage steam locomotives.

Specifications & Features

Super detailed die-cast, brass and plastic construction

Genuine ABC Helical Gearbox, built in the UK

Maxon motor with ball bearing racers

Super detailed cab

Sprung axle boxes

Removable working loco lamps

Firebox glow

Detail pack with snowplough included with every model

DCC Ready

Will negotiate Peco 2nd Radius (40.5"/1028mm) & Setrack points 

DCC Sound Versions:

Zimo Decoder - MS950, Exclusive sound file by Paul Chetter

Boom box double speaker (located in the loco)

Zimo exclusive sound project with 20+ functions

Weathering & Detailing by Neil Armitage

Neil has become very well known over the years for his excellent weathering and detailing work. From a light weathering, to a loco covered in rust, he is able to capture and recreate this in model form.

To add weathering to your Black 5, simply click HERE and follow the instructions on the page. 

Fact File

Our Ref



Finescale O Gauge


Ellis Clark Trains

Drive Train

ABC Gearbox & Maxon Motor


DCC Ready | Will fit a Zimo MS950 DCC chip

Model Condition


Box Condition


Accessories Included

Detailing pack,snowplough, Speedo cable


Helical Gears Chassis Compensation Directional Lighting Cab Detailing Sprung Buffers Sprung Couplings Detailing Pack Limited Edition Era 5 Preserved