BR Standard Class 4 2-6-0

Designed at Doncaster and built there and at Horwich, this class of 115 moguls appeared some 19 months after the 75xxx Standard 4 4-6-0 locomotives. Very similar in design, but smaller (despite being longer), they had an axle loading of less than seventeen tons thereby giving them a wide route availability, which made them particularly useful for work on the Southern Region. Being designed with maximum interchangeability with the other BR standard designs facilitated maintenance of these 76xxx locomotives.
The class was widespread around Britain, being found working on all regions except the Western, with the largest allocations being to the Southern and Scottish regions.
Nº76031 on a Permanent Way train on the up slow line just west of Clapham Junction in 1966. This photograph had half a page in Steam Railway just to itself. That made a nice change from the GCR!

photograph by Mike Morant

76030 With a dusty covering of snow on the Surrey Hills in the background, standard class 4 2-6-0 Nº76030 and its train of Maunsell carriages on a train from Reading to Redhill.....

photograph by Keith Harwood

Nº76039 photographed at Eastleigh in 1963 whilst carrying a 14A Kentish Town shedplate. Was the engine just visiting, or was it one that had just arrived on the Southern having been displaced from the Midland Region?

photograph: Mike Morant collection

76030 .....approach Dorking Town station on 28th December 1964.

photograph by Keith Harwood

Nº76053 at Wareham, 21st June 1966

photograph by Ray Soper


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December 1952
5 ft 3 ins
3 ft
55 ft 10½ ins
Loco: 59 tons 2 cwt
Tender: 42 tons 3 cwt
3,500 gals
17½ in x 26 in
225 lb sq in
24,170 lb
6 tons
Locomotives built at Doncaster and Horwich

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