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SR E1/R Class

photograph: Dr. Ian C. Allan/Mike Morant collection

N°2124 running into Bideford station in Southern Railway days.

During the early years of the Southern Railway some ex-LBSCR locomotives were tried out on other lines, particularly in the West Country. The case with the class E1/R was a little different though as they were rebuilt from the ex-LBSCR E1 Class 0-6-0T to 0-6-2T to be used on the North Devon and Cornwall Junction line. The experiment was not altogether successful (in common with the attempt to modify ex-LBSCR D1 class locomotives for the Lyme Regis branch) but despite this some ten locomotives were rebuilt as 0-6-2 Radial tanks, with larger bunkers, 170lb boilers and a rounded cab roof. The problem seemed to be with their balancing and four were re-balanced by Bulleid to produce a better result. The six that were not re-balanced were transferred to other duties, banking between Exeter St David's and Central, or shunting at Barnstaple.
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  • 32124
    Now in BR days as N°32124 Banking at Exeter St David's on 13th April 1957.
    Photograph: Mike Morant collection.
  • 32124
    N°32124 and another unidentified E1/R photographed whilst banking a passenger train out of Exeter St David's station.
    Photograph: Mike Morant collection.
  • 32125
    N°32135 engaged in shunting at Exeter Central. The imposing building in the background is HMP Prison, Exeter!
    Photograph: Mike Morant collection.

Technical Details

Driving Wheel:
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Power Classification:
May 1927
4 ft 6 ins
32 ft 4½ ins
50 tons 5 cwt
900 gals
17 in x 24 in
170 lb sq in
18,560 lb


The following table is set out in order of rebuild:
Early SR N° Later SR N° BR N° Rebuilt from E1 Withdrawn
B94 2094 32094 May 1927 Apr 1955
B95 2095 32095 May 1927 Nov 1956
B96 2096 32096 Oct 1928 Nov 1956
B695 2695 32695 Oct 1928 Feb 1957
B608 2608 32608 Nov 1928 May 1957
B135 2135 32135 Nov 1928 Mar 1959
B696 2696 32696 Dec 1928 Jan 1956
B124 2124 32124 Dec 1928 Jan 1959
B610 2610 32610 Jan 1929 Mar 1956
B697 2697 32697 Jan 1929 Nov 1959
Bibliography: The London Brighton and South Coast Railway by C Hamilton Ellis
The London, Brighton & South Coast Railway web site by Dave Searle -
ABC of British Locomotives 1948
Observer's Book of Railway Locomotives of Great Britain 1958

This page was last updated 12 April 2011

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