SR E1/R class

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Southern Railway class E1/R
Exeter Central being banked from St Davids geograph-2652081-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
E1/R no. 32135 banking a train up the half-mile of 1-in-36 from Exeter St Davids to Exeter Central.
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Rebuild date 1927–1929
Number rebuilt 10
Configuration 0-6-2T
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Driver diameter 4 ft 6 in (1,371.60 mm)
Length 32 ft 4 12 in (9.87 m)
Locomotive weight 50.25 long tons (51.06 t)
Water capacity 900 imp gal (4,100 l; 1,100 US gal)
Boiler pressure 170 lbf/in2 (1.17 MPa)
Cylinders Two, inside
Cylinder size 17 in × 24 in (432 mm × 610 mm)
Performance figures
Tractive effort 18,560 lbf (82.56 kN)
Power class 2F
First run May 1927
Withdrawn 1955–1959

The Southern Railway E1/R is a class of 0-6-2T tank steam locomotive designed for light passenger and freight duties. They were rebuilt from earlier LBSCR E1 class locomotives initially to be used on the North Devon and Cornwall Junction line.

Some balancing issues were addressed by Bulleid for main line workings while other locomotives that weren't balanced ended up restricted to local and shunting/banking duties.

Their withdrawal commenced in 1955 and they were finally all replaced by Ivatt tanks by 1959.


  • Hamilton Ellis, C. The London Brighton and South Coast Railway. 
  • The London, Brighton & South Coast Railway web site -
  • ABC of British Locomotives 1948
  • Observer's Book of Railway Locomotives of Great Britain 1958