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LBSCR E6/E6x Class

photograph: Mike Morant collection.

E6x class Nº2411 photographed in later Southern Railway days. The extended boiler and smokebox, the latter on a saddle, are noticeably different from the E6 locos in the other photos below.

RJ Billinton's class E6 0-6-2 radial tank engine was introduced the month after his death on 7 November 1904. Very similar to his E5 class, they differed in having the steamchest under the cylinders, which were increased from 17½ ins to 18 ins in diameter and were fitted with outside brake rods. The intention was to build the last two locomotives as 0-8-0 tanks for use at Willow Walk and Brighton Lower Yard but this plan was changed, most probably due to opposition from the Civil Engineer! Nº414 Piccadilly saw the end of the habit of naming Brighton locomotives, from 415 onwards they just carried numbers with a few exceptions, such as H1 Atlantic La France.

In 1911 407 and 411 were rebuilt with longer boiler and smokebox, the latter sitting on a saddle, and re-classified E6x in line with standard Brighton practice. All survived to see British Railways service, having spent their long careers shunting and working local goods traffic.

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  • E6 410
     
    E6 class Nº410 is seen here at an unknown location during LBSCR days.
    Photograph: Mike Morant collection.
  • E6 32415
    Brighton

     
    E6 class Nº32415 photographed at Brighton during August 1950.
    Photograph: Mike Morant collection.
  • E6 32416
    Ashford
    E6 class Nº32416 photographed at Ashford works during the early 1960s.
    Photograph by John Roffey.
  • E6 32408
     
    E6 class Nº32408 photographed in later British Railways livery.
    Photograph: Mike Morant collection.

Technical Details

Introduced: December 1904
Driving Wheel: 4 ft 6 ins
Trailing Wheel: 4 ft
Length: 32 ft 4½ ins
Total Weight: E6: 61 tons 0 cwt
  E6x: 63 tons 0 cwt
Cylinders (2): 18 in x 26 in
Boiler Pressure: 160-175 lb sq in
Tractive Effort: E6: 21,215 lb
E6x: 23,000 lb
Power Classification: 3-F

Data

LBSC Nº SR Nº # BR Nº Name Built Withdrawn
407*
408
409
410
411*
412
413
414
415
416
417
418
2407
2408
2409
2410
2411
2412
2413
2414
2415
2416
2417
2418
32407
32408
32409
32410
32411
32412
32413
32414
32415
32416
32417
32418
Worplesdon
Binderton
Graffham
Chilgrove
Blackheath
Tandridge
Fenchurch
Piccadilly
-
-
-
-
Dec 1904
Dec 1904
Dec 1904
Mar 1905
May 1905
July 1905
July 1905
Oct 1905
Oct 1905
Nov 1905
Dec 1905
Dec 1905
Nov 1957
Dec 1962
Jan 1958
Jun 1961
Feb 1959
Sep 1957
Nov 1958
Jun 1958
Sep 1961
Feb 1962
Dec 1962
Dec 1962
# Between 1923 and 1928 SR numbers were the LBSC numbers with the added prefix 'B'
* converted to class E6x in 1911

This page was last updated 21 February 2008

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