Southern Railway 2-6-0 No. 1638 31638
Sheffield Park, Sussex, UK
Location: Bluebell Railway
Status: Display
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Posted: Oct 7, 2017 @ 12:10:03 by Steve Frost
This is a Southern Railway class U loco. The origins of the class U go back to the class K tank locos which were of 2-6-4T wheel arrangement. In some circumstances, with poor track they became unstable and derailed. tests on the LNER on better track showed no problems, but the locos were re-built as Moguls, class U.

This one is from a later batch, ordered as tank engines but built as 2-6-0 tender engines from the start. As tender engines they were a successful design.

Posted: Feb 20, 2009 @ 14:02:23 by New York Central
Status: Operational
Posted: Mar 11, 2006 @ 13:03:20 by Steve Frost
The primary photo shows the engine in ex-Barry scrapyard condition, but it has now been restored in a 12 year job that involved forging and machining all new motion and building a new temder on a chassis from a 'Schools' class loco.