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LBSCR E3 Class

The first of the E3 class was originally classified as E Class Special and was designed by Stroudley, but not finished until after his untimely death in Paris on 20 December 1889. Numbered 158 and named West Brighton (a previous name for what today is called Hove station) this 0-6-2T entered traffic in December 1891 and was the first of some 134 0-6-2 radial tanks to be built for the LB&SCR. The locomotive was pure Stroudley in all aspects bar one - Billinton gave her his own, tapered, cast iron chimney. This was, however, replaced ten years later with a Stroudley chimney. Designed as a goods locomotive, West Brighton was originally allocated to Fratton to work goods traffic along the coast line.
 
2456 E3 class Nº2456 at Norwood MPD

photograph: Mike Morant collection

 
Nº2460 photographed in a cleaner state at Bricklayers Arms MPD.

photograph: Mike Morant collection

2460
 
West Brighton proved to be such a success that in 1894 R J Billinton brought out sixteen more, virtually the same, locomotives and classified all seventeen of them as Class E3. Originally fitted with boilers of 160 lb pressure, these were changed in later years for a Marsh boiler with the smokebox on a saddle and 170 lb pressure. They were virtually all named after Sussex villages although Nº453 Broadbridge was erroneously given the name Charles C Macrae in later years, a mistake that lasted just long enough for the official photograph to be taken. The negative of this photograph, however, was destroyed in 1924. All of the class, designed as goods engines, performed so well that they were frequently to be found on passenger services which led to Billinton designing the E4 class, an almost identical locomotive but with larger, 5' diameter, driving wheels.
 
32460 Now Nº32460, and wearing the early British Railways crest, a rodless Nº2460 is seen here undergoing some attention in the works!

photograph: Mike Morant collection

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Technical Details

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1891
4 ft 6 in
58 tons (Approx)
17½ in x 26 in
* 170 lb sq in
* 21,305 lbs
2-P/2-F
* Initially 160 lb boilers with 20,050 lbs tractive effort.
 
LBSC Nº SR Nº BR Nº Name # Built Withdrawn
158 2158 - West Brighton Oct 1891 Sep 1934
165 2165 32165 Blatchington Nov 1894 Nov 1959
166 2166 32166 Cliftonville Nov 1894 Sep 1959
167 2167 32167 Saddlescombe Dec 1894 Oct 1955
168 2168 32168 Southborough Dec 1894 Jan 1956
169 2169 32169 Bedhampton Dec 1894 Jul 1955
170 2170 32170 Bishopstone Dec 1894 Jul 1957
453 2453 32453 Broadbridge Apr 1895 Jul 1955
454 2454 32454 Storrington May 1895 Mar 1958
455 2455 32455 Brockhurst May 1895 Mar 1958
456 2456 32456 Aldingbourne May 1895 Aug 1959
457 2457 32457 Watersfield Dec 1895 May 1949
458 2458 32458 Chalvington Dec 1895 Mar 1957
459 2459 32459 Warlingham Dec 1895 Jun 1957
460 2460 32460 Warminghurst Dec 1895 Mar 1956
461 2461 32461 Staplefield Dec 1895 Apr 1957
462 2462 32462 Washington Dec 1895 May 1957
# Nearly all LB&SCR names were removed from 1906.

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