Steam Locos of a Leisurely Era 1885 Stirling4-4-0 South Eastern Railway

Steam Locos of a Leisurely Era

 1885 Stirling4-4-0

South Eastern RailwayNo.A172, one of the last remaining unrebuilt engines of Class F, in 1928.

James Stirling’s express engines for the South Eastern Railway were all 4-4-0s of two main classes.  The earlier consisted of 88 engines built between 1883 and 1898, and the second of 29 engines turned out in 1898 and 1899.  All had the characteristic Stirling domeless boiler, and the first lot had his typical round cabs.  The later ones, which were larger engines, had square cabs and also tenders with the springs below the footplate, as distinct from the older engines.Nº1043.  photograph: Mike Morant collection

Of the first lot, all except twelve were rebuilt by Wainwright with domed boilers and new cabs, and all but one of these again later received extended smokeboxes.  The same treatment was applied to the later class with the exception of two engines, Nos.34 and 458, which were scrapped in 1930-1 without being rebuilt.  The unconverted members of the smaller type lasted to between 1925 and 1930, but one rebuilt engine, No.20, had been broken up as early as 1920.  This one never received the extended smokebox.

The numbers of the earlier class were scattered throughout the range between 2 and 250, whereas the later ones were 440-59, and nine others with miscellaneous numbers.  Most of both classes survived into SR days to have 1000 added to their numbers, but although nine of the smaller ones and sixteen of the larger came into BR possession in 1948, they did not last long, and only one of each variety, Nos.31151 and 31146, ever bore a BR number.  Both were scrapped in 1949.

Unrebuilt – Driving wheels – 7’ 0”,  Cylinders – 19”x 26”,  Pressure 160 lb.,  Weight – 42 tons 10 cwt.,  Classification – F

Rebuilt – Driving wheels – 7’ 0”,  Cylinders – 18”x 26”,  Pressure 170 lb.,  Weight – 45 tons 2 cwt.,  Classification – F1

Unrebuilt – Driving wheels – 7’ 0”,  Cylinders – 19”x 26”,  Pressure 160 lb.,  Weight – 46 tons 1 cwt.,  Classification – B

Rebuilt – Driving wheels – 7’ 0”,  Cylinders – 18”x 26”,  Pressure 170 lb.,  Weight – 45 tons 2 cwt.,  Classification – B1Class F1 locos 1060 and 1183 double-head a train in 1936. (The stock is out of the picture!)  photograph: Mike Morant collection

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