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SR Maunsell N15x class 4-6-0

photograph: Mike Morant collection

N15x Class N°32333. Note the lining out indicating that, despite the black and white photograph, this loco was in green livery.

First came the tank, then followed the tender!

Immediately after the end of the First World War Lawson Billinton embarked on building more locomotives at Brighton, five of which were further Class L 4-6-4 tanks (the first two, N°327 Charles C Macrae and N°328 having been built in 1914). The first of the new batch, 329-331, appeared in 1921 with 332 and 333 following in 1922. Changes on these engines, when compared with the first two Brighton Baltics, were well tanks between the frames and very shallow side tanks of 15 ins height to overcome the initial problems of water surge experienced with the first two locomotives when their side tanks were half empty. The tanks on the new engines were, however, hidden behind tall side sheets so as to maintain a uniform appearance across the class. The leading and trailing coupled axles were fitted with large underslung laminated springs. These arrangements led to very steady locomotives which were a great improvement on the earlier ones. Initially entering traffic in grey and with just "LBSC" on the sides, a name was soon applied to the first, N°329, which was painted in umber and named Stephenson, at the request of the Stephenson Locomotive Society, in November 1921. Then N°333 entered traffic in 1922 named Remembrance as the Brighton Company's War Memorial engine, carrying a plaque inscribed "In grateful remembrance of the 532 men of the L.B.& S.C.Rly. who gave their lives for their country, 1914-1919" and painted in grey with black bands and white lining with white lettering and numbers, blocked in black, and remaining in this livery until painted green by the Southern Railway.

Then, in 1934, Maunsell commenced re-building the engines as Class N15x (an appropriate Brighton-style suffix) 4-6-0s, fitted with standard Urie LSWR tenders, starting with N°329. The fitting of smoke deflectors gave them very much a "Southern" look, quite dissimilar from the original locomotives although he used the same boiler, smokebox, firebox and etc. On being rebuilt N°327 was renamed and the locos that hadn't been named by the LBSCR were given names, 327 Charles C Macrae, becoming 2327 Trevithick, 328 becoming 2328 Hackworth, 330 becoming 2330 Cudworth (after JI Cudworth of the SECR), 331 becoming 2331 Beattie (after Joseph Beattie of the LSWR) and 332 becoming 2332 Stroudley.

The rebuilt locos weren't popular with the crews and spent their time on lesser LSWR metals, all being withdrawn by 1957, the sole survivor into that year being 32331 Beattie.

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  • 2333
    Remembrance
    N°2333 Remembrance on shed at an unknown location. Clean condition and in SR lined green livery.
    Photograph: Mike Morant collection.
  • 2327
    Trevithick
    N°2327 Trevithick on shed but also at an unknown location. Grubby condition and in SR livery which is almost certainly wartime black.
    Photograph: Mike Morant collection.
  • 2329
    Stephenson
    N°2329 Stephenson photographed during Southern Railway days.
    Photograph: Mike Morant collection.
  • 32333
    Remembrance
    >N°32333 Remembrance on the turntable at Nine Elms shed. In hybrid livery with SOUTHERN on the tender and BR number in "sunshine font" in early BR days.
    Photograph: Mike Morant collection.
  • 32330
    Cudworth
    N°32330 Cudworth on shed at Feltham on 9th August 1950, in grubby condition and early BR livery.
    Photograph: Mike Morant collection.
  • 32329
    Stephenson
    N°32329 Stephenson, this time at Brighton on 23rd June 1956. This was her last duty before withdrawal and, aptly, was a commemorative train for the Stephenson Locomotive Society.
    Photograph: Mike Morant collection.
  • 32333
    Remembrance
    N°32333 Remembrance photographed at the back of Brighton shed on 23rd June 1956, after withdrawal and whilst awaiting the cutter's torch.
    Photograph by Mike Morant.
  • 32331
    Beattie
    N°32331 Beattie at London Bridge on 23rd June 1957 ready to haul the train for the Riverside Special Runnymede Rally.
    Photograph: Mike Morant collection.

Technical Details

Introduced:
Driving Wheel:
Total Weight:
Water Capacity:
Cylinders (2):
Boiler Pressure:
Tractive Effort:
Coal Capacity:
December 1934
6 ft 9 ins
130 tons 13 cwt
5,000 gals
21 in x 28 in
180 lb sq in
23,325 lb
5 tons

Data

SR N° BR N° Name Rebuilt Withdrawn
2327 32327 Trevithick Apr 1935 Jan 1956
2328 32328 Hackworth Feb 1936 May 1955
2329 32329 Stephenson Dec 1934 Jul 1956
2330 32330 Cudworth Sep 1935 Aug 1955
2331 32331 Beattie Apr 1936 Jul 1957
2332 32332 Stroudley Nov 1935 Jan 1956
2333 32333 Remembrance Jun 1935 Apr 1956

The Railway Magazine frontispiece for January 1936 was suggestions for Southern Railway liveries. Whose suggestions they were is not mentioned, but they are quite interesting. The first is familiar to us all but the next three most probably won't be. Illustration: all © The Railway Magazine
 
2327 Green
The familiar Maunsell livery.
 
32330
Now a suggestion in dark brown.
 
32329
A rather handsome blue suggestion.
 
32333
Finally, a light brown suggestion - with a brass cap to the chimney!

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