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British Railway Steam Locomotive

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Note: To Obtain Consistency in the Steam System, Shed Codes used are those Registered at Nationalisation on 1st January 1948
2nd Grouping Number
1st Grouping Numbersr 291
2nd Pre Grouping Number
1st Pre Grouping Numberlsw 291
Works/Lot Number
Class CodeC-8
DesignerDrummond D
BuilderNine Elms (LSWR)
1948 Shed
Last Shed71A Eastleigh
Disposal detailsEastleigh Works (B.R.)
DisposalCut Up
Disposal Date31/01/1935

Class Information

The LSWR C8 class was a class of 4-4-0 express steam locomotives designed by Dugald Drummond for the London and South Western Railway and introduced in
1898. According to Marshall they "were of orthodox design, very much like engines which Drummond had put on the Caledonian". They probably had a short
life because little has been published about them.

Apart from the experimental 4-cylinder engine built in 1897, Drummond’s first express passenger engines for the LSWR consisted of a class of inside cylinder locomotives very similar to those that had primarily introduced on both the North British and Caledonian Railways, whilst he had been the CME of those lines. This class, known as C8, consisted of ten engines, No. 290-9, and the boilers were interchangeable with his M7 class 0-4-4Ts of 1896. The
new engines were moderately successful but suffered from too small a firebox which sometimes resulted in a shortage of steam. This defect was remedied in
the following year with a somewhat enlarged version of the same design, in which a longer wheelbase – ten feet between the coupled wheels – allowed the firebox to be lengthened from 6’ 4” to 7’ 4” designated as Class T9. This made all the difference, and the new engines were an unqualified success from the start.

Technical Details

Power type : Steam
Designer : Dugald Drummond
Build date : 1898
Total produced : 10
Configuration : 4-4-0
Gauge : 4 ft 8˝ in (1,435 mm)
Fuel type : coal
Cylinders : 2
Cylinder size : 18in x 26in (457mm × 660mm)
Career : London and South Western Railway

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