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Issue 487 - LSWR pre-Grouping locomotives

Videos from the Unseen archive

The LMS Railway’s locomotive Department was dominated by former Midland Railway engineers for its first decade. They brought an unusual approach to locomotive design which became known as the “Small Engine Policy”. This took the view that if a train needed greater power additional locomotive(s) could be added to a...
Robert Urie was the last LSWR locomotive engineer and he is remembered for his series of very successful 4-6-0s which effectively set the precedent of a mixed traffic locomotive fitted with two cylinders and outside Walschearts valve gear which was to become the de-facto British standard locomotive layout that was...
Dugald Drummond succeeded Adams and almost immediately produced a series of standardised designs of locomotive. Examples of these which survived right into the 1960s are featured here. First we see M7 tank no. 30108, a long-term Bournemouth resident, entering Corfe Castle station on the Swanage line. It’s followed by...
The other long-lasting early London suburban tanks that survived into the 1960s were William Adams’ “Radial” tanks, three of which were kept to work the Lyme Regis branch. Again we see one of these back on London suburban lines as no. 30582 was used on the REC’s 1961 'South Western Adams Radial Tank Railtour’, which...
Perhaps the best-known of the former LSWR locomotives to survive into BR days were the three little Beattie Well Tanks which were kept for use on the Bodmin...