Model of the Week – Bulleid Q1 class – C1

Locoyard - Hornby - Southern Bulleid Q1 class - C1Today’s model of the week is possibly the most ugly of the 100% steam Locoyard fleet of locomotives.  Hornby’s model is very good and is worth checking out (click here for it’s review).  The real thing is an interesting locomotive type and as with all model of the week blog posts, we will now look at its history…Locoyard - Hornby - Southern Bulleid Q1 class - C1

The Q1 class owes it’s distinctive look to the highly innovative thinking of OVS Bulleid during a time of wartime Austerity measures.  To reduce weight, the class had no running plate or splashers and a simple box-shape.  The innovations lead ro a reduction of 18 tons in weight than an equivalent locomotive.

Hornby Q1 Class C1 NRM

Built in Brighton works in 1942; C1 was the first member of the 40 Q1 class locomotives to be completed.  The class were only built to last until the end of the second world war, but they proved to be so efficient, reliable and powerful that they lasted to the end of steam.  In fact, the Q1 class were the last and most powerful 0-6-0 produced in the UK and were rated 5F by British Railways.

Locoyard - Hornby - Southern Bulleid Q1 class - C1 (on-shed)The prototype had one failing – its brakes were poor when hauling unfitted goods trains, but then an “austerity” design was never going to be perfect.

Locoyard - Hornby - Southern Bulleid Q1 class - C1

At nationalisation; C1 was renumbered 33001 by British Railways and remained in service until withdrawal in 1964.

Locoyard - Hornby - Southern Bulleid Q1 class - C1Due to the class being so unique and distinctive it was felt necessary to preserve one in the National Collection.  As C1 was the first Q1 class; it was selected and became the only survivor of it’s type.

Hornby Q1 Class C1 NRM (on shed)C1 has not spent all it’s preserved life on display and ran on the Bluebell Railway in the 1990’s.  C1 now resides in York on display.