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LBSCR C1 0-6-0

photograph: Dave Searle collection

Stroudley C1 Class Nº422 "Jumbo" goods engine of 1882 photographed on an unknown turntable.

The early years of the LB&SCR didn't see much requirement for heavy goods haulage and the locomotives provided by Craven handled such traffic as there was quite competently. These did not, of course, last for ever so in 1882 Stroudley introduced his C1 class 0-6-0, a development of his first design, the C class of 1871. The new locomotives were also variously known as "New C" and "Jumbos".

Twelve locomotives were built, but one oddity of the class was the provision of just ten tenders! These were shared amongst the twelve engines as required, though in later years an eleventh tender, of passenger locomotive design, was acquired for Nº423. Built in three batches, in 1882, 1884 and 1887, slight differences appeared with those built in 1884 and onwards having air operated reversing gear. In summer the locomotives were frequently co-opted for heavy excursion traffic, for which duties they received speed indicators and Westinghouse air brakes.

It has to be said that these locomotives were not as successful as Stroudley's other designs with inadequate feed arrangements, bad boiler circulation and poor braking and all bar two were withdrawn by 1911, without any re-building. One that lasted longer, Nº423, was sold in 1920 to the Straford-upon-Avon & Midland Junction Railway in 1920, to become their Nº7, and subsequently entered LM&SR stock in 1923 becoming that company's Nº2303 before being withdrawn soon after in June 1925. The other survivor, Nº430, remained at Fratton for many years, but was sent from there to New Cross, withdrawn by the Southern Railway in 1924 and scrapped the following year.

It is interesting to note that on the North British Railway Dugald Drummond produced almost the same locomotives as Stroudley's classes C and C1.

photograph: Dave Searle collection

C1 Class Nº425, also from the first, 1882, batch of engines.


Technical Details

Driving Wheel:
Cylinders (2):
Boiler Pressure:
Tractive Effort:
5 ft 0 in
40 ton 7 cwt
18¼in x 26in
150 lb sq in
18,400 lbs


LBSCR Nº Built Renumbered Date Withdrawn
421 Jun 1882 691 Dec 1910 Jan 1911
422 Jun 1882 692 Dec 1910 Jan 1911
423 Sep 1882 - - Nov 1908
424 Sep 1882 - - Nov 1908
425 Oct 1882 - - Aug 1907
426 Nov 1882 - - Aug 1907
427 May 1884 - - Mar 1911
428 May 1884 - - Nov 1920 *
429 May 1884 - - Aug 1907
430 Jun 1887 - - Sep 1924
431 Jun 1887 - - Aug 1907
432 Jun 1887 - - Dec 1910
* Sold to the Straford-upon-Avon & Midland Junction Railway.

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