LCDR R class
|LCDR R class|
No. 1675 AT Tonbridge Locomotive Depot 18 mAY 1946
|Builder||Sharp, Stewart & Co|
|Build date||September–December 1891|
|Driver diameter||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Wheelbase||21 ft 6 in (6.55 m)|
|Locomotive weight||49.75 long tons (50.55 t)|
|Fuel capacity||2 long tons (2.0 t)|
|Water capacity||1,100 imp gal (5,000 l)|
|Boiler pressure||150 psi (1.0 MPa)|
|Firegrate area||16.25 sq ft (1.510 m2)|
|1,071 sq ft (99.5 m2)|
|Cylinder size||17 × 24 in (430 × 610 mm)|
|Railroad(s)||LCDR » SECR » SR » BR|
|Number in class||18|
SR: A658–A675; 1658–1675
|Withdrawn||May 1940 – December 1955|
The LCDR R class was a class of 0-4-4T locomotives on the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LCDR). No. 207 (eventually no. 31666) is notable as being the last former LCDR locomotive to be withdrawn from service. The whole class was fitted with condensing apparatus for working on the Widened Lines.
For many years the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LCDR) had favoured the 0-4-4T wheel arrangement for suburban and stopping passenger trains, and when more were required in 1890, consideration was given to ordering a further batch of the existing A2 class 0-4-4T (introduced 1883); it was then decided that a modified design was required. The R class locomotives were designed by William Kirtley as a development of his earlier A2 class, and 18 were built by Sharp, Stewart & Co in 1891.
Their LCDR numbers were 199–216, which under the South Eastern and Chatham Railway became 658–675 from 1899. They were renumbered three more times: to A658–A675 by the Southern Railway (SR) from 1923; to 1658–1675 by the SR from 1931; and to 31658–31675 by British Railways from 1948.
start of year
|1940||18||3||1664, 1668, 1669|
|1951||14||3||31659, 31667, 31670|
|1952||11||5||31658, 31665, 31673–31675|
|1953||6||3||31660, 31662, 31663|
- Bradley, D.L. (March 1979) . The Locomotive History of the London, Chatham & Dover Railway (2nd ed.). London: RCTS. ISBN 0-901115-47-9.
- Bradley, D.L. (1960). The Locomotives of the London, Chatham & Dover Railway (1st ed.). London: RCTS.
- Smith, Martin (1994). Steam on the Underground. Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 0-7110-2282-8.
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