Model Rail Magazine in cooperation once again with Canadian manufacture Rapido Trains, (their previous collaboration the ex GER J70 is close to delivery) is to be producing the LBSCR Class E1 0-6-0T. Officially being announced with the publication date of the July issue No. 249 of their magazine on June 7th, however with subscriber copies now having been delivered the information is in the public domain.
With the exception of the final six built in 1891 under the auspices of RJ Billinton with different boiler, dome and chimney known as E1s from new, the rest of the 80 strong class were originally introduced by William Stroudley from 1874 as the E Class. Essentially a larger goods version of the A1 Terrier 0-6-0t, using the same cylinders, motion and boilers as the D Class 0-4-2 passenger tanks. Later all the E Class were reclassified as E1s.
Although most of the class worked on the Brighton section some were used In Southampton Docks, so ideal for Canute Road Quay, and on the Isle of Wight. Ten members of the class were converted between 1927 and 1929 to become E1/R Class 0-6-2t with new cabs, extended bunkers and the addition of a Radial axel for use in the West Country.
Although withdrawals started as early as 1913 many passed into British Railways ownership with the last surviving to 1960. Four members of the class ended up being sold into industrial colliery use, including the one preserved example B110 now located on the Isle of Wight steam railway.
The initial Model Rail Magazine versions to be available, during 2020, are as follows:
- MR-401 97 – LBSCR Stroudley Improved Engine Green
- MR-402 127 – LBSCR Stroudley Goods Green
- MR-403 B96 – Marsh umber but with ‘B’ prefix as applied by SR
- MR-404 2142 – SR black (pre-War)
- MR-405 2606 – SR black, ‘sunshine’ lettering
- MR-406 32151 – BR lined black, no emblem
- MR-407 32113 – BR plain black, early emblem
- MR-408 32689 – BR plain black, early emblem (weathered)
- MR-409 W2 – SR (IoW) lined green
- MR-410 W4 – BR (IoW) black, early emblem
Full details of the specification to follow.
Also announced by Model Rail Magazine, also via Rapido Trains is the BR(w) 0-6-0 16xx Class pannier tanks.