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#21C123 ex-Southern Railway 4-6-2 Express Passenger Locomotive

21C123

Michael Taylor

O.V.S. Bulleid of the Southern Railway designed this class. These engines were lighter version of his "Merchant Navy" class 4-6-2s and were designned to operate over lighly laid secondary routes where they replaced older 4-4-0 & 2-6-0 locomotives. The air-smoothed design could be passed through carriage washing plants and made a big publicity splash when they appeared just after the war. They had 3 cylinders and the valve gear was operated by chains in an oil bath.

21C123 gathers speed as it rounds the curve just north of Sheffield Park station in June 1975.

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Last Updated: January 15, 2009
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