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LC&DR R and R1 0-4-4T classes

1706

SR Nº1706 photographed at Gillingham on 12th February 1939.

photograph: Mike Morant collection

 
The LC&DR R Class 0-4-4T was the last to be introduced by Kirtley, and therefore the last to be introduced by the LC&DR, when it appeared in 1891. Bearing a marked similarity to his first engines, the A Class 0-4-4T of 1875, main external differences were square topped tanks, a square bunker and higher-mounted condensing pipes leading into the tops of the tanks compared with the A Class's rounded tanks, bunker and pipes to the front of the tanks. 18 locomotives were built under Kirtley but following the formation of the SE&CR in 1899 an order for another 15 locomotives was placed with Sharp, Stewart for delivery the following year. With slightly larger cylinders, six inch larger bogie wheels and larger bunkers, these 15 were denoted as class R1. This didn't stop the SE&CR calling the rebuilt SER R Class the same when first of these appeared in 1910!
 
31663 LC&DR Nº204, SE&CR Nº663, SR Nº1663, BR Nº31663

photograph: Mike Morant collection

 
The R1 locomotives were fitted with both vacuum and Westinghouse brakes and Wainwright H class boilers with 160 lb working pressure against the R Class's 150 lb. All the R Class locomotives were subsequently rebuilt with the H class boilers, also being upgraded to the larger cylinders of the R1 class. Two R1 Class engines were scrapped in 1929, three R Class in 1940 with the remainder of the classes living to see BR ownership, with many of them converted for pull and push working.
 
Nº31671 on 12th September 1954 whilst working a leg of the R.C.T.S. (London Branch) "Invicta Special" from Rainham to Sheerness and back to Faversham.

photograph: Mike Morant collection

31671
 

Technical Details

R Class
Introduced: 1891
Driving Wheel: 5 ft 6 ins
Bogie Wheel: 3 ft 0 ins
Water Capacity: 1,100 gals
Cylinders (2): 17 in x 24 in
Boiler Pressure: 150 lb sq in
Tractive Effort: 13,400 lb
Coal Capacity: 2 tons
R Class with H boiler
 
 
 
  Cylinders (2): 17½ in x 24 in
Boiler Pressure: 160 lb sq in
Tractive Effort: 15,145 lb
R1 Class
Introduced: 1900
Driving Wheel: 5 ft 6 ins
Bogie Wheel: 3 ft 6 ins
Water Capacity: 1,100 gals
Cylinders (2): 17½ in x 24 in
Boiler Pressure: 160 lb sq in
Tractive Effort: 15,145 lb
Coal Capacity: 2 tons 10 cwt
Weight: 51 tons 9 cwt
 
LC&DR Number SE&CR Number SR Number # BR Number Built Withdrawn
199 658 1658 31658 Sep 1891 Oct 1952
200 659 1659 31659 Sep 1891 Aug 1951
201 660 1660 31660 Sep 1891 Nov 1953
202 661 1661 31661 Oct 1891 Aug 1955
203 662 1662 31662 Oct 1891 Sep 1953
204 663 1663 1663 Oct 1891 Jun 1953
205 664 1664 - Oct 1891 1940
206 665 1665 31665 Oct 1891 Sep 1952
207 666 1666 31666 Nov 1891 Dec 1955
208 667 1667 31667 Nov 1891 Mar 1951
209 668 1668 - Nov 1891 1940
210 669 1669 - Nov 1891 1940
211 670 1670 31670 Nov 1891 Mar 1951
212 671 1671 31671 Nov 1891 Nov 1954
213 672 1672 31672 Nov 1891 Dec 1949
214 673 1673 31673 Nov 1891 Sep 1952
215 674 1674 31674 Dec 1891 Jun 1952
216 675 1675 31675 Dec 1891 Oct 1952
- 696 1696 31696 Nov 1900 Mar 1951
- 697 * 1697 31697 Nov 1900 Feb 1953
- 698 1698 31698 Nov 1900 Oct 1955
- 699 1699 31699 Nov 1900 Jan 1950
- 700 * 1700 31700 Nov 1900 Sep 1952
- 701 1701 - Nov 1900 1929
- 702 1702 - Nov 1900 1929
- 703 * 1703 31703 Nov 1900 Feb 1954
- 704 * 1704 31704 Nov 1900 Apr 1956
- 705 1705 31705 Nov 1900 Jun 1951
- 706 * 1706 31706 Dec 1900 Nov 1952
- 707 * 1707 31707 Dec 1900 Nov 1949
- 708 1708 31708 Dec 1900 Oct 1952
- 709 1709 31709 Dec 1900 Oct 1949
- 710 * 1710 31710 Dec 1900 May 1951
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Between 1923 and 1928 SR numbers were the SE&CR numbers with the prefix A. However, the new SR numbers may not have been carried until some time later.
Fitted for pull and push working.

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