Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era – 1930 – ‘Schools’ Class – Southern Railway

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Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era

1930 – ‘Schools’ Class

Southern Railway

No.936 Cranleigh as running in 1936 No.936 Cranleigh as running in 1936

Maunsell’s last design of express passenger engines and in many ways his finest achievement. The need had been felt for a locomotive with approximately the same haulage capacity as the ‘King Arthurs’ but with greater route availability, particularly as regards the SECR Hastings line with its restricted loading gauge. The resulting ‘Schools’ class may be in some ways regarded as a 4-4-0 version of the ‘Lord Nelsons’, with two important differences, the use of three cylinders instead of four, and of a round-topped firebox in place of the Belpaire. The new engines quickly showed themselves as coming up to all expectations. In later years they did even more than had been anticipated when they were put to work on the heavy expresses between Waterloo and Bournemouth after being displaced to some…

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