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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 designed to operate over lightly 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.

In its first year of return to steam, 21C123 ran without the Dorset crest which it has carried since. Blackmore Vale was one of the few West Country Class locomotives to run on the Southern railway and British Railways without a coat of arms. The locomotive is seen just passing the site of the waterworks.

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Last Updated: January 15, 2009
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