LB&SCR C3 class

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LB&SCR C3 Class
Three Bridges Locomotive Depot Brighton line 0-6-0 geograph-2651975-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
32303 at Three Bridges 1948
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer Douglas Earle Marsh
Builder Brighton Works
Build date 1906
Total produced 10
 • Whyte 0-6-0
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Driver dia. 5 ft 0 in (1.524 m)
Loco weight 45 long tons 5 cwt (101,400 lb or 46.0 t)
Fuel type Coal
Boiler pressure 170 psi (1.17 MPa)
Cylinders Two, inside
Cylinder size 17.5 in × 26 in (444 mm × 660 mm)
Performance figures
Tractive effort 19,175 lbf (85.3 kN)
Operators LBSCR · SR · BR
Class C3
Power class BR: 2F
Numbers LBSC: 300–309;
SR: 2300–2309;
BR: 32300–303/306–32309
Nicknames Horsham Goods
Withdrawn 1936–1952
Disposition All scrapped

The London, Brighton and South Coast Railway C3 class was a class of 0-6-0 steam locomotives, intended for heavy freight trains. Ten were built by Brighton railway works in 1906 to the design of Douglas Earle Marsh.


This class was intended to replace the smaller Robert Billinton C2 class 0-6-0 on the heaviest freight services. However, although they had an effective boiler, their performance proved to be disappointing and the fuel consumption high. Rather than building any further examples Marsh preferred to rebuild the existing locomotives into the C2X class. The members of the C3 class therefore spent their days on secondary freight trains in mid Sussex. Seven of the class spent most of their lives at Horsham and as a result the class was nicknamed "Horsham Goods".

The boiler designed by Marsh for the C3 class was later used with considerably more success on the SR Z class 0-8-0 of 1929.[1]

Grouping and Nationalisation[edit]

All of the class passed to the Southern Railway in 1923, but the trade recession of the 1930s caused a decline in freight traffic resulting in the withdrawal of two locomotives in 1936/7. However, the advent of the Second World War ensured that the remaining examples all survived until after the nationalisation of the railways to British Railways in 1948. The remaining locomotives in the class were all withdrawn between 1948 and 1952. No examples have been preserved.


  1. ^ Bradley, D.L. (1975). Locomotives of the Southern Railway Part 1. London: Railway Correspondence and Travel Society. ISBN 0-901115-30-4. pp.43-7.


  • Bradley, D.L. (1974) Locomotives of the London Brighton and South Coast Railway, Part 3. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society.

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