List of SR Merchant Navy class locomotives
The SR Merchant Navy class is a type of steam locomotive, designed by Oliver Bulleid, that ran on the British Southern Railway network. All were built at the Southern Railway's Eastleigh Works. The following table sets out the names, numbers and other vital statistics of the locomotives that comprised the class. The 'Merchant Navies' represented a publicity success for the Southern Railway in highlighting the names of Merchant Navy shipping lines that used Southampton Docks, which were served by the Southern Railway. They also constituted a roving memorial to the seamen who fought at sea during the Second World War to keep Britain supplied with food, fuel and other goods.
The shipping lines below are linked to their current or last owners, and take into account the many mergers that occur in the Merchant Marine industry, for example, General Steam Navigation merged with P & O in 1920, and finally disappeared as a separate entity in 1972.
|BR No.||SR No.||Name||Built||Rebuilt||Withdrawn||Preserved/location||Preservation Status||Notes|
|35001||21C1||Channel Packet||February 1941||August 1959||November 1964||Entered SR service June 1941. Scrapped at Birds (Swansea) Ltd. 1965|
|35002||21C2||Union Castle||June 1941||May 1958||February 1964||Scrapped at Slag Reduction Co. Ltd., Yorkshire 1964|
|35003||21C3||Royal Mail||September 1941||August 1959||July 1967||Holder of class speed record (105.88 mph). Last authenticated 100 mph plus on British Railways by a steam locomotive. Scrapped at J Cashmore, Newport 1967|
|35004||21C4||Cunard White Star||October 1941||July 1958||October 1965||Scrapped at Cohen's/Eastleigh Shed 1966|
|35005||21C5||Canadian Pacific||December 1941||May 1959||October 1965||Mid-Hants Railway||Restored on the Great Central Railway at Loughborough and used on main line steam specials. Painted in British Railways Blue livery between 2000 and 2001. Now based at the Mid-Hants Railway. Currently under Overhaul in Eastleigh MPD.|
|35006||21C6||Peninsular & Oriental S. N. Co.||December 1941||October 1959||August 1964||Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway||Operational.|
|35007||21C7||Aberdeen Commonwealth||June 1942||May 1958||July 1967||Scrapped at J. Buttigieg, Newport 1968|
|35008||21C8||Orient Line||June 1942||May 1957||July 1967||Scrapped at J. Buttigieg, Newport 1968|
|35009||21C9||Shaw Savill||June 1942||March 1957||July 1964||Private Site, Bury||Stored awaiting restoration.|
|35010||21C10||Blue Star||July 1942||January 1957||September 1966||Colne Valley Railway||Stored|
|35011||21C11||General Steam Navigation||December 1944||July 1959||February 1966||Private Site, Sellindge,
(at RAF Binbrook until late 2007)
|Under long-term restoration, and back-dating to Original condition.||Regarded as the only British steam locomotive to bear the word 'steam' in the name; driving crank axle missing.|
|35012||21C12||United States Lines||January 1945||February 1957||April 1967||Scrapped at J Cashmore, Newport 1967|
|35013||21C13||Blue Funnel||February 1945||May 1956||July 1967||Originally named Blue Funnel Line, renamed Blue Funnel Certum Pete Finem on 21 June 1945. Scrapped at J. Buttigieg, Newport 1968|
|35014||21C14||Nederland Line||February 1945||July 1956||March 1967||Scrapped at J Cashmore, Newport 1967|
|35015||21C15||Rotterdam Lloyd||March 1945||June 1958||February 1964||Scrapped at Slag Reduction Co. Ltd., Yorkshire 1964|
|35016||21C16||Elders Fyffes||March 1945||April 1957||August 1965||Scrapped at Birds (Swansea) Ltd. 1965|
|35017||21C17||Belgian Marine||April 1945||March 1957||July 1966||Scrapped at J. Buttigieg, Newport 1966|
|35018||21C18||British India Line||May 1945||February 1956||August 1964||WCRC Carnforth||Operational, main-line certified||Originally built with fabricated wheels that were replaced with conventional cast wheels in 1947|
|35019||21C19||French Line CGT||June 1945||May 1959||September 1965||The only member of the class to have script lettering on the nameplate, as used by French Line. Scrapped at J Cashmore, Newport 1966|
|35020||21C20||Bibby Line||June 1945||April 1956||February 1965||Scrapped at BR/Eastleigh Works 1965|
|35021||-||New Zealand Line||September 1948||June 1959||August 1965||Scrapped at Birds (Swansea) Ltd. 1965|
|35022||-||Holland America Line||October 1948||June 1956||May 1966||Private Site, Bury||Boiler overhauled for eventual use by 35027, awaiting restoration to mainline standards|
|35023||-||Holland-Afrika Line||November 1948||February 1957||July 1967||Scrapped at J. Buttigieg, Newport 1968|
|35024||-||East Asiatic Company||November 1948||April 1959||January 1965||Scrapped at C. Woodfield and Sons, Newport 1965|
|35025||-||Brocklebank Line||November 1948||December 1956||September 1964||Private site at Sellindge, Kent||Stored, pending long-term restoration|
|35026||-||Lamport & Holt Line||December 1948||January 1957||March 1967||Scrapped at J Cashmore, Newport 1967|
|35027||-||Port Line||December 1948||May 1957||September 1966||Private Site, Bury||Under overhaul. (see 35027 Port Line) Being restored to mainline standards, based at Southall|
|35028||-||Clan Line||December 1948||October 1959||July 1967||Stewarts Lane, London||Operational, main-line certified|
|35029||-||Ellerman Lines||February 1949||September 1959||September 1966||National Railway Museum||Sectioned Exhibit|
|35030||-||Elder Dempster Lines||April 1949||April 1958||July 1967||Scrapped at J. Buttigieg, Newport 1968|
- SR Merchant Navy Class 35006 Peninsular & Oriental S. N. Co.
- SR Merchant Navy Class 35009 Shaw Savill
- SR Merchant Navy Class 35027 Port Line
- SR Merchant Navy Class 35028 Clan Line
- Burridge, Frank: Nameplates of the Big Four (Oxford Publishing Company: Oxford, 1975) ISBN 0-902888-43-9
- Derry, Richard (2001). The Book of the Merchant Navy Pacifics. Irwell Press. p. 40. ISBN 1-903266-19-X.
- Streeter, Tony. "The last 'proper' 100... by a doomed locomotive". Steam Railway. Bauer Media (388, 29 April – 26 May 2011). ISSN 0143-7232. OCLC 63292071.
- Bradley, D.L. (September 1976). Locomotives of the Southern Railway, part 2. London: RCTS. p. 53. ISBN 0-901115-31-2. OCLC 653065063.
- Derry, Richard (2001). The Book of the Merchant Navy Pacifics. Irwell Press. p. 190. ISBN 1-903266-19-X.
- Preserved locomotives