SR E1/R Class


photograph: Dr. Ian C. Allan/Mike Morant collection

Nº2124 running into Bideford station in Southern Railway days.

During the early years of the Southern Railway some ex-LBSCR locomotives were tried out on other lines, particularly in the West Country. The case with the class E1/R was a little different though as they were rebuilt from 0-6-0T to 0-6-2T to be used on the North Devon and Cornwall Junction line. The experiment was not altogether successful (in common with the attempt to modify ex-LBSCR D1 class locomotives for the Lyme Regis branch) but despite this some ten locomotives were rebuilt as 0-6-2 Radial tanks, with larger bunkers, 170lb boilers and a rounded cab roof. The problem seemed to be with their balancing and four were re-balanced by Bulleid to produce a better result. The six that were not re-balanced were transferred to other duties, banking between Exeter St David's and Central, or shunting at Barnstaple.
Now in BR days as Nº32124 Banking at Exeter St David's on 13th April 1957.

photograph: Mike Morant collection

32124 Nº32124 and another unidentified E1/R photographed whilst banking a passenger train out of Exeter St David's station.

photograph: Mike Morant collection

Nº32135 engaged in shunting at Exeter Central. The imposing building in the background is HMP Prison, Exeter!

photograph: Mike Morant collection


Technical Details

  • Introduced: May 1927
  • Driving Wheel: 4 ft 6 ins
  • Length: 32 ft 4½ ins
  • Total Weight: 50 tons 5 cwt
  • Water Capacity: 900 gals
  • Cylinders (2): 17 in x 24 in
  • Boiler Pressure: 170 lb sq in
  • Tractive Effort: 18,560 lb
  • Coal Capacity: ?
  • Power Classification: 2-F
The following table is set out in order of rebuild:
Early SR Nº Later SR Nº BR Nº Rebuilt from E1 Withdrawn
B94 2094 32094 May 1927 Apr 1955
B95 2095 32095 May 1927 Nov 1956
B96 2096 32096 Oct 1928 Nov 1956
B695 2695 32695 Oct 1928 Feb 1957
B608 2608 32608 Nov 1928 May 1957
B135 2135 32135 Nov 1928 Mar 1959
B696 2696 32696 Dec 1928 Jan 1956
B124 2124 32124 Dec 1928 Jan 1959
B610 2610 32610 Jan 1929 Mar 1956
B697 2697 32697 Jan 1929 Nov 1959
Bibliography: The London Brighton and South Coast Railway by C Hamilton Ellis
The London, Brighton & South Coast Railway web site by Dave Searle -
ABC of British Locomotives 1948
Observer's Book of Railway Locomotives of Great Britain 1958

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