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BR Standard Class 4 4-6-0

photograph by Alan Robinson

Standard Class 4 4-6-0 N°75016 on shed at Eastleigh, 14th August 1964

Designed at Brighton, with some additional work farmed out to Derby, Doncaster and Swindon (is this an early example of "political correctness"?) the 75xxx class of 80 lightweight 4-6-0 locomotives were built at Swindon to work secondary main line traffic - both goods and passenger - on virtually any secondary route. The first loco entered traffic during May 1951 and was, in many respects, a tender version of the LMS 2-6-4 tanks built under Stanier and Fairburn (some of the latter were built at Brighton after nationalisation of the railways) but with the same smaller cylinders and higher pressure boilers of the Standard 4 tanks that started to leave Brighton works during July 1951.

The class, noticeably smaller then the Standard Class 5 introduced the previous month, was allocated to work in the Midland, Southern and Western Regions of British Railways, whilst some achieved everlasting fame by working the legendary "Pines Express" over the Somerset & Dorset Line, frequently as pilot engine to a West Country or BR Standard 9F.

The Southern Region's allocation were paired with 7,000 gallon tenders and, in some cases, were fitted with a double chimney. This feature, quite attractive on many locomotives, didn't sit well on the Standard 4s with their fairly tall chimney.

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  • 75073
    Templecombe
    N°75073 departing Templecombe on 20th August 1964. An ex-GWR 2251 0-6-0 waits on the adjacent line.
    Photograph by Alan Robinson.
  • 75075
    Nr Hook
    >N°75075 at the head of a Waterloo to Bournemouth semi-fast on the down slow line near Hook on 10th June 1967. The second vehicle is one of the Bulleid coaches with a door for each compartment.
    Photograph by Mike Morant.
  • 75079
    Weymouth
    Double chimney fitted N°75078 at Weymouth, 21st June 1966.
    Photograph by Ray Soper.
  • 75078
    Weymouth
    N°75078 seen in the sidings at Weymouth on 21st June 1966.
    Photograph by Ray Soper.
  • 75078
    Weymouth
    N°75078 in the platform, ready to depart with her train on 21st June 1966.
    Photograph by Ray Soper.
  • 75069
    Hurst Green
    Another double chimney fitted Class 4, N°75069 on an evening business train takes the Edenbridge Town line at Hurst Green.
    Photograph by Keith Harwood.
  • 75029
    Basingstoke
    N°75069 again, simmering in the sun at Basingstoke.
    This colour photograph is undated but with the grime and missing smokebox numberplate it was probably taken shortly before the locomotive was withdrawn in 1967. Fortunately it was destined for preservation and was bought from Barry in 1977 and restored on the Severn Valley Railway.
    Photograph by Alan Robinson.
  • 75027
    Blubell Pines
    Another survivor was N°75027 which was bought by a member of the Bluebell Railway and restored at Sheffield Park. Never a Southern engine, N°75027 was, however, a Templecombe engine between April 1960 and November 1962 and, therefore, a regular performer on the Somerset & Dorset line. N°75027 pilots Standard 9F N°92240 in a re-creation of the "Pines Express" during one of the Bluebell Railway's "Pines Express Weekends".
    Photograph by Tony Pearce
  • 75027
    Blubell Goods
    N°75027 working a short goods train on the Bluebell.
    Photograph by Tony Pearce.
  • 75027
    Sheffield Park
    N°75027 in the Pump House siding at Sheffield Park on 21st July 2001.
    Photograph by Colin Duff.

Technical Details

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May 1951
5 ft 8 ins
3 ft
50 ft
Loco: 69 tons
Tender: 43 tons 3 cwt
3,500 gals
18 in x 28 in
225 lb sq in
25,100 lb
6 tons
4-MT
4 (With 5,000 gal tender: 7)
Locomotives built at Swindon.

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