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Kirtley A1/A2 class 0-4-4T

Kirtley's first design for the LC&DR was his Class A 0-4-4T of which 18 were built during 1875.

Twelve more tanks, classified as Class A1, were added to the locomotive fleet in 1880. These were very similar to the Class A tanks but had larger, 5' 7" diameter driving wheels against the Class A's 5' 3" and combined splashers and sandboxes (the Class A had the sandboxes below the footplate). Six more were built in 1883/4 and were classified as Class A2 though they were identical to the Class A1. Later in their careers the diameter of the driving wheels was reduced by 1" through fitting 3", as opposed to the original 3½", tyres. All were withdrawn by 1926, (though seven had been painted in Southern Railway livery) with many being offered for sale, but three, 536, 538 and 539 were still in store in June 1929.

 
The last of the A1 class to be built, Nº633, photographed in SECR days at Battersea, later Stewarts Lane, shed. Date unknown but during the SECR's WW1 livery period.

photograph: Mike Morant collection

633
 
538Headboard

photographs: Mike Morant collection

Class A2 Nº538 in SECR days, formerly LCDR Nº79 of 1884. The close up of the headboard displays "Crystal Palace".

 
LCDR Nº SECR Nº SR Nº Built Builder Withdrawn
Class A1:
163 622 - Feb 1880 Kitson & Co Sep 1925
164 623 - Feb 1880 Kitson & Co Jun 1923
165 624 - Mar 1880 Kitson & Co Sep 1925
166 625 A625 Mar 1880 Kitson & Co Mar 1926
167 626 A626 Mar 1880 Kitson & Co Mar 1926
168 627 A627 Mar 1880 Kitson & Co Mar 1926
169 628 - Apr 1880 Kitson & Co Nov 1925
170 629 - Apr 1880 Kitson & Co Mar 1925
171 630 - Apr 1880 Kitson & Co Jan 1925
172 631 - Apr 1880 Kitson & Co Jan 1925
173 632 - May 1880 Kitson & Co Mar 1926
174 633 - May 1880 Kitson & Co Mar 1926
Class A2:
75 534 A534 Sep 1883 Stephenson & Co Jul 1926
76 535 - Sep 1883 Stephenson & Co Nov 1925
77 536 A536 Oct 1883 Stephenson & Co Jun 1926
78 537 - Oct 1883 Stephenson & Co Sep1925
79 538 A538 Jan 1884 Stephenson & Co May 1925
80 539 A539 Feb 1884 Stephenson & Co Aug 1925

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