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The remaining members of the class were named after countries belonging to the British Empire, followed by celebrated naval heroes and famous Royal Navy ships, including No 45700 which was originally named 'Britannia' after HMS Britannia, one of six ships of the Royal Navy to have borne the name 'Britannia'; indeed the famous Naval Shore Establishment at Dartmouth was named 'HMS Britannia Royal Naval College' until its name was changed to HMS Dartmouth in 1953.
In fact the 'Britannia' name is famous worldwide; the Latin name is derived from the Greek term 'Brettaniai'; a collection of islands with individual names.
A female personification holding a trident and shield came to symbolise this unity; a representative image of British imperialist power depicting Britannia seated with a shield and trident first appeared on Roman bronze coins in the 1st century AD; it appeared on British coinage in the 17th century for the first BR Class 7MT Pacific locomotive 'Britannia' was met with some resistance, because as mentioned earlier, the name had already been given to an ex-LMS Stanier 'Jubilee' Class 5XP.
However the 1948 Locomotive Naming Committee's three senior railway officers: ES Cox, George Dow and chairman Derek Barrie, decided that a class of locomotives featuring the names of celebrated British historical figures, ex-GWR Star Class locomotives and Scottish Firths, should go ahead.
Built at Crewe Works in April 1936, No 45700's shed allocations included Newton Heath, Blackpool, Bank Hall, Derby and Warrington; withdrawal came in August 1964.
Nevertheless there are many more photos of these later builds, primarily because enthusiasts began to realise that extinction was on the horizon, so perhaps the additional photos will remedy the imbalance.
Upon nationalisation of the 'Big Four' railway companies in 1948, the Railway Executive of the British Transport Commission (BTC) announced its preference for developing future steam motive power rather than dabbling with unproven diesel traction.
So my hearty congratulations to him in completing the full histories of the following locomotives on this page...
70000 BRITANNIA - 70001 LORD HURCOMB - 70002 GEOFFREY CHAUCER - 70003 JOHN BUNYAN - 70004 WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE - 70005 JOHN MILTON - 70006 ROBERT BURNS - 70007 COEUR-DE-LION - 70008 BLACK PRINCE - 70009 ALFRED THE GREAT - 70010 OWEN GLENDOWER - 70011 HOTSPUR - 70012 JOHN OF GAUNT - 70013 OLIVER CROMWELL - 70014 IRON DUKE- 70015 APOLLO - 70016 ARIEL - 70017 ARROW - 70018 FLYING DUTCHMAN - 70019 LIGHTNING - 70020 MERCURY - 70021 MORNING STAR - 70022 TORNADO - 70023 VENUS and 70024 VULCAN.
I take my hat off to everyone involved, for this site would be a lot poorer without them.