As you may remember, early in the autumn of 2013 we asked for your views on the Big 4. Here is the outcome!
The results are in and we are very pleased to announce that the UKHH ‘Big Four’ of 2013 is actually 5 locos! The winning classes were as follows:
- GWR ‘Castle’ 4-6-0/GWR ‘57xx’ Pannier Tank (joint winners)
- LMS “Black 5” 4-6-0
- SR Bulleid Light Pacific
- LNER Peppercorn ‘A2’
Many thanks to everyone who voted in our end of year interactive. It was pleasing to see that so many of you contributed to finding our winners and the results were so close that it is clear that our railway heritage still has a very strong importance 90 years on from the grouping.
For the GWR locos the results were as follows:
1 = ‘Castle’ 4-6-0 [20 votes]
1= ‘57xx’ Pannier Tank [20 votes]
2. 3440 ‘City of Truro’ [13 votes]
3. Churchward ‘28xx’ 2-8-0 [12 votes]
The joint winners took a fair lead, but only one vote separated second and third place. It was certainly interesting to see a humble 0-6-0 shunting tank engine make the ‘top 4’.
On the LMS front, there was one un-surprising, storming winner: the iconic “Black 5”, often dubbed the best steam locomotives ever built. Again, second and third were extremely close with one vote giving a branchline tank engine the lead over a Stanier Pacific. Ironically, the humble goods loco took an early lead and then never received any further votes!
- Stanier “Black 5” 4-6-0 [44 votes]
- Ivatt ‘2MT’ 2-6-2T [11 votes]
- Stanier ‘Princess Royal’ 4-6-2 [10 votes]
- Fowler ‘4F’ 0-6-0 [4 votes]
The Southern locos also had a clear winner in the form of the Bulleid Light Pacifics. All the locos were nicely staggered, again with a diminutive tank engine beating an express loco into second place and the common goods engine seeing the least support:
- Bulleid Light Pacific (West Country/Battle of Britain) [26 votes]
- LBSCR Stroudley “Terrier” 0-6-0T [21 votes]
- Maunsell ‘King Arthur’ 4-6-0 [14 votes]
- Bulleid ‘Q1’ 0-6-0 [6 votes]
The winning loco of the LNER category took first place by just one vote over the loco ever so slightly behind it. In the end, the Peppercorn ‘A2’ pacific just had the edge over the Gresley ‘V2’ 2-6-2. The two NER candidates were fairly close to each other but a way behind the top-link locos. The tank engine again had the edge over the goods engine with the ‘J72’ 0-6-0T in third place and the ‘Q6’ 0-8-0 in forth:
- Peppercorn ‘A2’ 4-6-2 [25 votes]
- Gresley ‘V2’ 2-6-2 [24 votes]
- NER ‘J72’ 0-6-0T [11 votes]
- NER Raven ‘Q6’ 0-8-0 [7 votes]
We very much hoped that you enjoyed our series of articles throughout the course of last year to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the grouping.