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SECR Maunsell/Wainwright S Class 0-6-0ST

photograph: Mike Morant collection

Re-numbered N°1685 in Southern days seen here probably at Ashford

During the 1914-18 War a secret "Q" port by the banks of the River Stour was built under the Roman fortress at Richborough near Sandwich in Kent. A railway was constructed from the main line, which passes under the Saxon walls, to the banks of the Stour. The river mouth was dredged and a new port of embarkation was created. A camp was established which was the starting point of a ferry service for troops and munitions to France and Flanders.

Vast amounts of military equipment - including locomotives - and arms were sent across from Richborough Port, using sea going barges and the very first roll-on roll-off ferries

As a result the South Eastern and Chatham Railway urgently needed a heavy shunting engine. In 1917, as it transpired belated in the war, Maunsell resolved the problem by the simple expedient of converting a Wainwright C Class locomotive into a saddle tank. The frames were extended rear-wards to enable a bunker and a fully enclosed cab to be fitted and a 1,200 gallon saddle tank was fitted over the boiler. There was only one example, N°685, which was thus converted into an S Class 0-6-0ST for use as a heavy-duty shunter at Richborough.

After the War it was transferred to Bricklayers' Arms where it was used as a shunter until 1951.

Technical Details

Driving Wheel:
Water Capacity:
Cylinders (2):
Boiler Pressure:
Tractive Effort:
BR Power Classification:
5 ft 2 in
43 tons 16 cwt
3,300 galls
18½ in x 26 in
160 lb sq in
19,520 lbs
SECR N° SR N° # BR N° Built Built at Withdrawn
685 1685 31685 1917 (from C Class) Neilson, Reid & Co 1951

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