Bachmann 31-461A

SE&CR C Class 1294 SR Black (Sunshine)

Manufacturer catalogue image

Prototype Era
Era 3 (1923 to 1947) The Big Four (LNER, LMS, GWR and SR)

Brand:
Bachmann
Product Code:
31-461A
DCC:
DCC Fitted (21-pin socket)
Category:
Steam locomotives
RRP:
£124.95

C Class 0-6-0 1294 Southern Railway Black (Sunshine)

Built: 1900 – 1908

Built for: SE&CR (absorbed by the SR)

Designed by: Harry Wainwright

Duties: mixed traffic

Wheels: 0-6-0

Highlights

Ideal for use with our Birdcage Coaches

• Fully detailed and decorated cab interior

• Adjustable tender draw-bar length

• Sprung buffers

• Hinged tender fall-plate

History

The end of the 19th century saw the formation of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway, uniting the South Eastern Railway and the London Chatham & Dover Railway under one managing committee. Following the inauguration of its new Locomotive and Carriage Superintendent, Harry Wainwright, a project was begun to replace the small and ailing locomotives of the constituent railways with larger and more powerful machines. The C Class was created as the new railway’s statement goods locomotive, and 109 were constructed between 1900 and 1908. Although used primarily for freight duties, the C Class locomotives were also occasionally engaged in passenger work when required, often for Kent ‘hop pickers’ services.

Simple yet robust in construct, the C Class locomotives proved to be a notable success. They gave little trouble in service, achieved good speed and, for engines of a 0-6-0 wheel arrangement, provided a surprisingly comfortable ride. These qualities contributed to a long working life, with all but two of the locomotives surviving into BR ownership and many lasting until the electrification of the Kent Coast in 1959-60. Withdrawals began in 1953 and accelerated during the electrification project.

One locomotive from the class – 592 (Southern Railway 1592, BR 31592) – has been preserved and can be seen on the Bluebell Railway.

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