Former LBSCR A1x class 0-6-0T as Southern Railway No.11 Newport on the Isle of Wight
Contributor:Niall Ferguson / Alamy Stock Photo
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Dimensions:4500 x 2844 px | 38.1 x 24.1 cm | 15 x 9.5 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:4 December 2014
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Originally known as 'A' class, these diminutive tank locomotives were designed in 1870 to haul commuter trains on the heavily congested lines in South and South-East London. These included routes from London Bridge to both East and West Croydon, London Victoria to Sutton and the line from Victoria to London Bridge via Peckham Rye and Denmark Hill, as well as operating on the East London Railway under the Thames through the Thames Tunnel designed by Marc Isambard Brunel. Six locomotives were built for these services during 1872, and were successful thanks to their high acceleration between the closely spaced station stops and the use of lightweight trains. A further 44 were built between June 1874 and September 1880 to complement the original six. Twenty-three members of the class were withdrawn between 1898 and 1905, but the majority of these were sold in working order rather than scrapped. Purchasers of these locomotives included the Isle of Wight Central Railway (four locomotives) Fifteen of the class remained in LB&SCR stock at the formation of the Southern Railway on 1 January 1923, but this figure was increased to 24 by the inclusion of those which had previously been sold to other constituent railways and Freshwater had originally been LBSCR No.46 Newington