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Variations of the
R1 Class (0-6-0T)
(ex.South Eastern Railway)

Two cut-down ex-SER 0-6-0Ts at Ashford Locomotive Depot

Retaining their ex-SER Stirling cabs, both chimney and domes of class R1 Nos.1069 (built June 1898) & 1147 (built November 1890) had been cut-down to operate on the restrictive Canterbury & Whitstable line. However, in later years they were engaged at Ashford Locomotive Works hauling ex-Works locomotives.

Photographed on 6th July 1946, both locomotives were withdrawn in August 1958.

© Ben Brooksbank /Geograph

 

 Introduction

This brief collates data from previously published photographs and works on the R1 class. In this respect it does not claim complete originality, only to draw information together on the variations of the R1 class. Although cross-checks have been made wherever possible, inconsistencies, errors or omissions could be present. Besides the receiving of further data the collator would welcome any information relating to inconsistencies, errors or omissions.

 

General History

The R1 class of locomotives were Wainwright’s rebuilds of James Stirling’s R class locomotives, which were originally introduced by the South Eastern Railway in 1888. The R class boilers, cylinders and motion were common to the ‘O’ class 0-6-0 tender engines whilst the resultant large 5’2” wheels were unusual for a shunting locomotive.

Of the R-class, numbers 10, 77, 124 and 147 were originally given short 1’6” chimneys for working the tightly structure-gauged Canterbury to Whitstable railway; of these only 124 was not rebuilt to an R1. Similarly, R-class locomotives 152, 153 and 154 were allocated to the Folkestone harbour branch with 154 being rebuilt to an R1.

In 1910 Wainwright started rebuilding some of the class using the domed boiler design from the ‘H’ class 0-4-4 tank engines. Eventually thirteen locomotives were rebuilt and all but numbers 10 and 47 received Wainwright’s ‘Pagoda’ style cabs at this time. Numbers 10 and 47 (along with R class 1124) retained their Stirling cabs for the Canterbury to Whitstable railway (Wainwright’s ‘Pagoda’ cabs being out-of-gauge). However, at least numbers 31069 and 31339 were also refitted with Stirling cabs during the second World War.

All the thirteen locomotives made it into Southern Railway and subsequently British Railways (Southern) ownership although one, number 1147, was withdrawn as early as January 1949. Of these, three locomotives were rebuilt by Bulleid with stovepipe chimneys and cut-down domes for use on the Canterbury to Whitstable railway. However, during their lives the dome, chimney and safety-valve fitments of most locomotives were altered.

Whilst most locomotives had curved splashers some of the R1 locomotives had their sandboxes incorporated into their front splashers. Those locomotives with curved splashers had ‘H’ tank style front steam-sandboxes just behind the front buffer beam below the footplate with their centre wheel sandboxes situated on top of the footplate just behind each splasher.

At 32’ long the R1 class has an overall wheelbase of 15’6” (7’4” and 8’2”) and had a British Railways’ power classification of 2F. With a water capacity of 750 gallons each locomotive weighed 46 tons 16 cwt in working order with a maximum axle load of 14 tons 10 cwt. Coal capacity was 1 ton 15 cwt.

The ‘H’ tank type boiler dimensions were 4’4” maximum outside diameter, barrel length of 10’3½”, external firebox length of 5’8” and boiler pitch of 7’3¼”. It had 1002.45 square feet of tube area, 90.25 square feet of firebox and 16.66 square feet of grate. Boiler pressure was 160 lb/sq. in.

In Service

Over the Southern years the R/R1 class had also been allocated to depots such as Bricklayers Arms, Dover, Redhill, Maidstone West, Reading and Tonbridge. In British Rail days the locomotives were concentrated at Ashford (for Canterbury West and the works shunter) (3), St. Leonards (2) and Folkestone Junction (7).

On 12th October 1936 number 1337 was used at Dover to shunt the inaugural Night Ferry service to Paris onto the ferry at Dover.

With the closure of the Whitstable branch on 29th November 1952 there was no need to retain dedicated cut-down locomotives and as a consequence some of these fittings found their way around the class. The final train on the branch, comprising 31010 and two brake vans ran on 1st December 1952.

In 1959 and with the remaining R1 locomotives working the steeply graded Folkestone Harbour branch the class were superseded by ex-Great Western ‘57XX’ pannier tanks of which numbers 4601, 4616, 4631 and 4626 have been identified. Initially these gave numerous problems such as leaking tubes, priming and rough riding but after receiving attention at Ashford works gave excellent service. Accordingly, nos.31010, 31107, 31128 and 31174 were withdrawn in 1959. With the arrival of two E6 locomotives in 1960, the last two of the class which had been retained as spares /ballast workings, numbers 31047 and 31337, were withdrawn after 72 years of service. None were preserved.

 

Table of R class locomotives rebuilt to R1.

SER /SECR
number

1st Southern number

2nd Southern number

BR
number

Date
Built

Date
Rebuilt
to R1

Date
Withdrawn

10

47

69

107

127

128

147

154

174

335

337

339

340

A10

A47

A69

A107

A127

A128

A147

A154

A174

A335

A337

A339

A340

1110

1147

1069

1107

1127

1128

1147

1154

1174

1335

1337

1339

1340

31010

31047

31069

31107

#

31128

31147

31154

31174

31335

31337

31339

31340

Dec-90

Aug-95

Jun-98

Jun-89

Aug-95

Oct-92

Nov-90

Jul-92

Oct-92

Jun-88

Jun-88

Feb-89

Mar-89

May-13

Jul-13

Dec-10

Dec-14

Aug-14

Jul-13

Jul-12

May-12

Oct-14

Mar-15

Jan-22

Aug-11

Dec-13

Aug-59

Mar-60

Jun-58

Aug-59

Jan-49

Aug-59

Sep-58

Aug-55

Aug-59

Jul-55

Feb-60

Jun-58

Mar-59

 

# Number 1127 was possibly allocated its BR number but it was never physically renumbered.


 

R1 Variations

In terms of the R1 locomotives there appeared to be a large number of variations especially with minor rebuilds and changes following works visits.

Accordingly, the following significant British Railways era variations have been identified:

 

 

Pagoda cabs with curved splashers & Ramsbottom safety valves

 

 

1.

Wainwright ‘Pagoda’ cab, curved splashers and two steam-sandboxes.

Wainwright chimney, Wainwright dome; Ramsbottom safety valves,

Number 31154 (to 1955 wdn).

 

2.

Wainwright ‘Pagoda’ cab, curved splashers and two steam-sandboxes.

Wainwright chimney, cut-down Wainwright dome, Ramsbottom safety valves,

Number 31047 (1957 to 1959 wdn).

Number 31128 (to c.1954).

Number 31340 (to 1959 wdn)
NB -may have received Ross pop safety valves

 

3.

Wainwright ‘Pagoda’ cab, curved splashers and two steam-sandboxes.

Wainwright chimney, Wainwright flattened-top dome, Ramsbottom safety valves.

Number 31047 (1952 to 1957).

 

 

 

 

 

Pagoda cab with curved splashers & Ross Pop safety valves

 

 

4.

Wainwright ‘Pagoda’ cab, curved splashers and two steam-sandboxes.

Wainwright chimney, Wainwright full-sized dome, Ross Pop safety valves.

Numbers 31047 (c.1959 to 1960 wdn).

 

 

 

 

 

Pagoda cab with combined sandboxes & Ramsbottom safety valves

 

 

5.

Wainwright ‘Pagoda’ cab, combined sandboxes & splashers.

Wainwright chimney, Wainwright dome; Ramsbottom safety valves,

Number 31107 (to 1956).

Number 31335 (to 1955 wdn).

Number 31337 (to c.1957).

Also, Southern Railway number 127.

 

 

 

 

 

Pagoda cabs with combined splashers & Ross Pop safety valves

 

 

6.

Wainwright ‘Pagoda’ cab, combined sandboxes & splashers.

Wainwright chimney, Wainwright dome, Ross Pop safety valves,

Number 31107 (c.1956 to 1958 wdn).

Number 31174 (to 1954?)

Number 31335 (c.1957 to 1960 wdn).

 

7.

Wainwright ‘Pagoda’ cab, combined sandboxes & splashers

Wainwright chimney, cut-down Wainwright dome, Ross Pop safety valves.

Number 31174 (c.1954 to 1959).

Number (3)1127 - this variation might also apply to (3)1127..

 

 

 

 

 

Stirling cabs with curved splashers and Ramsbottom safety valves

 

 

8.

Stirling cab, curved splashers and two steam-sandboxes.

Short cast chimney, Wainwright dome, Ramsbottom safety valves.

Southern Railway numbers 1010, 1147 & 1339.

 

9.

Stirling cab, curved splashers and two steam-sandboxes.

Stovepipe chimney; cut-down Wainwright dome, Ramsbottom safety valves.

Number 31069 (by 1956 to 1960 wdn).

 

10.

Stirling cab, curved splashers and two steam-sandboxes

Stovepipe chimney, flat-topped (cut-down) dome, Ramsbottom safety valves.

Number 31010 (1957 to 1959 wdn).

 

 

 

 

 

Stirling cabs with curved splashers and Ross Pop safety valves

 

 

11.

Stirling cab, curved splashers and two steam-sandboxes.

Stovepipe chimney, Wainwright dome, Ross Pop safety valves and tall whistle.

Number 31069 (1943 to 1948).

 

12.

Stirling cab, curved splashers and two steam-sandboxes.

Stovepipe chimney; cut-down Wainwright dome, Ross Pop safety valves.

Number 31010 (1949 to c.1957).

Number 31069 (1948 to c.1956).

Number 31147 (to 1958 wdn).

Number 31339 (to 1958 wdn).

 

 

 


Details of Individual Locomotives
(BR era listed numerical order)

 

31010

Stirling cab: stovepipe chimney, large cut-down dome, curved splashers and Ross Pop safety valves. Used on the Canterbury Whitstable branch.

1922 - Front vacuum pipe to driver’s right of coupling hook with pipe clip offset to right hand side. There is no coupling hanger. The rear vacuum pipe is located to the right of the coupling hook whilst the steam heat is to the left. The coupling hanger is on the right between the vacuum pipe buffer.

<South Eastern Locomotives – Bradley>

1949 – Front vacuum pipe to driver’s right of coupling hook with pipe clip offset to right hand side. The coupling hanger is on the left. The rear vacuum pipe is located to the right of the coupling hook whilst the steam heat is to the left. The coupling hanger is on the right between the vacuum pipe buffer. The rear bottom lamp irons are attached to the rear of the bunker not the running plate.

<Southern Locomotives – Russell>

In December 1937 locomotive number 1010 had its short cast chimney and Ramsbottom safety valves replaced by a stovepipe chimney and Ross Pop safety valves whilst its dome cover was lowered by 3 & 7/16”.

In 1949 the cab’s rear handrail was severely bent downwards in the middle. The pipe entering the right hand side of the smokebox is higher than other locomotives; being in line with the top of the water tanks.

<Southern Locomotives – Russell>

Between 1949 and 1952 (at least) 31010 had a large cut-down dome.

Between 1957 and 1959 number 31010 had a flat-topped cut-down dome and in 1957 had Ramsbottom safety valves.

There are photographs of 31010 operating in the late fifties devoid of cab numbers or BR emblems including on 26th March 1959.

Withdrawn August 1959 the final mileage of 31010 was 1,229,511.

 

31047

Wainwright ‘Pagoda’ cab, Wainwright cut-down dome, Wainwright chimney, Ramsbottom safety valves, curved splashers and two steam-sandboxes.

Number 31047 originally was rebuilt with a full Wainwright dome.

In 1943 and on 9th August 1945 locomotive number 1047 had a shortened dome.

By August 1952 it had a flattened-topped Wainwright dome.

July 1957 it had a cut-down Wainwright dome.

26th March 1959 it appeared to have regained a full-sized dome and Ross Pop safety valves.

Withdrawn March 1960.

 

31069

Stirling cab, Wainwright chimney, Wainwright dome, Ramsbottom safety valves, curved splashers, two steam-sandboxes and tall whistle (above cab roof).

Number 31069 was the only example of this variation and was originally rebuilt with a Wainwright cab but subsequently received a Stirling cab from ‘R’ class 1124 in October 1943. At the same time number 1069 received a stovepipe chimney.

In 1952 it was noted number 31069 had a Stirling cab, Wainwright dome, Ross Pop safety valves and tall whistle.

January 1954 number 31069 exchanged its boiler with 31174. It had acquired a cut-down Wainwright dome whilst in British Rail sunshine livery. However, by May 1956 number 31069 has sporting a Wainwright dome (it also had its Ramsbottom safety valves upon this date).

Withdrawn March 1960.

 

31107

Wainwright ‘Pagoda’ cab, Wainwright chimney, Wainwright dome, Ramsbottom safety valves, combined sandboxes & splashers, tall whistle.

1954 – noted the vacuum pipe to driver’s right of coupling hook with pipe clip offset to right hand side. The coupling hanger is on the left.

<Southern Locomotives – Russell>

It is possible that 31107 carried small domes at some point in its history. Certainly number 31107 had a Wainwright dome on 29th October 1954, 7th September 1956 and 3rd July ???? by when it had received Ross Pop safety valves.

Withdrawn June 1958.

 

1127
(31127)

Wainwright ‘Pagoda’ cab (with three bolts across the cab rear above spectacle glass height), combined sandboxes & splashers and Ramsbottom safety valves (information correct in 1914 and 1920).

Later it may have sported a cut-down dome.

Withdrawn January 1949 without carrying is BR number.

 

31128

Wainwright ‘Pagoda’ cab, Wainwright cut-down dome, Wainwright chimney, Ramsbottom safety valves, curved splashers and two steam-sandboxes.

On 29th October 1954 number 31128 had a Wainwright dome; by 26th March 1959 the dome appears to have experienced some modification in the form of flattening the top of the dome.

Withdrawn August 1959.

 

31147

Stirling cab, stovepipe chimney, cut-down Wainwright dome, curved splashers and Ross Pop safety valves. Used on the Canterbury Whitstable branch.

Having previously carried a short chimney, number 1147 received its stovepipe in February 1938. On 17th May 1952 the locomotive had a large cut-down dome.

Withdrawn September 1958.

 

31154

Wainwright ‘Pagoda’ cab, Wainwright tall dome, Wainwright chimney, Ramsbottom safety valves, curved splashers and two steam-sandboxes, tall whistle.

On 12th October 1954 it still retained its Wainwright features ‘Pagoda’ cab, dome and chimney. Number 31154 was withdrawn in 1955 due to corrosion below the footplate and alongside the firebox.

Many details of this locomotive are currently unknown with few photographs available.

Withdrawn August 1955.

 

31174

Wainwright ‘Pagoda’ cab, cut-down Wainwright dome, combined sandboxes & splashers with Ross Pop safety valves, low whistle.

In April 1934 and in June 1956 number 31174 had a Wainwright tall dome but this had been cut-down by April 1959.

Number 31174 exchanged boilers with 31069 in January 1954.

In a picture dated 18th October 1958 at Folkestone Harbour with this locomotive in the middle of three (all with early totems) the dome shape of this locomotive had been cut-down although not as drastically as 31340.

<Picture no.78 - South Coast Railways Ashford to Dover (Mitchell & Smith)>

This variation could also apply to 31127 assuming that its valves had been replaced.

Withdrawn August 1959.

 

31335

Wainwright ‘Pagoda’ cab, Wainwright chimney, Wainwright dome, Ramsbottom safety valves, combined sandboxes & splashers.

Withdrawn July 1955.

 

31337

Wainwright ‘Pagoda’ cab, Wainwright chimney, Wainwright dome, Ramsbottom safety valves, combined sandboxes & splashers, low whistle.

In 1947 1337 had a single bolt protruding on the rear of the cab centre in line with the gutter ends of the Pagoda roof. The rear bottom lamp irons are attached to the running plate.

<Southern Locomotives – Russell>

It is possible that number 31337 carried small domes at some point in its history. Certainly number 31337 had a Wainwright tall dome in October 1936, August 1952 and 7th September 1956. In May 1957 it had Ross Pop safety valves.

Withdrawn February 1960.

 

31339

Stirling cab, stovepipe chimney, drastically cut-down Wainwright dome, curved splashers and Ross Pop safety valves. Used on the Canterbury Whitstable branch.

Having previously carried a short chimney, number 1339 received its stovepipe in March 1942 and its Wainwright ‘pagoda’ cab reverting to a Stirling type.

In April 1953 Canterbury West’s regular engine was number 31339 with 31010 deputising. It was also station pilot at Ashford during this month. Number 31339 had a handrail across the bunker rear.

Withdrawn June 1958.

 

31340

Wainwright ‘Pagoda’ cab, Wainwright chimney, cut-down Wainwright dome, Ramsbottom safety valves, curved splashers and two steam-sandboxes.

Number 31340 may have acquired Ross Pop safety valves in a 1953 boiler swap.

Withdrawn February 1959.

 

               


Further R1 variation data

General Variations

Following the closure of the Canterbury to Whitstable railway there was no need to retain dedicated cut-down locomotives and as a consequence, some of these fittings found their way around the class.

 

Splasher Arrangements

Being part of the running plate, the splasher or combined splasher /sandbox arrangements never altered. So if a locomotive had combined splashers and sandboxes it retained these across its life.

Locomotives with curved splashers (the two steam-sanders being located under the running plate) were as follows: 31010, 31047, 31069, 31128, 31154, 31147, 31339 & 31340.

Locomotives with combined splashers & sandboxes were: 31107, (3)1127, 31174, 31315 & 31337.

 

Dome Variations

In his book ‘The Locomotive History of the South Eastern Railway’, DL Bradley describes the cut-down dome as a low dome However, photographic evidence demonstrates Wainwright cut-down domes and an even lower (possibly still Wainwright) cut-down dome on 31128.

From close inspection of photographs, it is possible that at least four dome sizes existed on the R1 locomotives in addition to those used on the R class. These appear to be visually different as follows:

 

Wainwright round topped dome.

This is as original fitted.

 

Wainwright flattened-top dome.

This is as original fitted but with a slight flattening on top. In 1952 number 31047 sported one of these domes.

 

Wainwright cut-down dome.

This appears to be the original dome cut-down with a curved rim and noticeable flat top.

 

Wainwright square-top dome.

This appears to be the original dome cut-down with a sharply curved or ‘square-topped’ rim and very noticeable broad flat-top. In 1959 number 31010 sported one of these domes.

 

 

Besides the Wainwright dome there are two sizes of cut-down dome and further suggestions of a small dome although evidence of the latter is weak. In addition, number 31010 appears to carry a ‘square-topped’ cut-down dome compared to 31128.

Dome variations numbers 31047 & 31128 are clearly apparent from photographs in the books ‘Southern Steam in Action 2’, ‘Southern Branch Line Steam 1’ and in ‘Around the Branch Lines Number 1 The Southern’. Number 31128 may have just had the top of its dome ‘flattened’.

 

Cab Variations

From photographic analysis of the lamp irons, it appears the lower rear lamp irons on Stirling cab locomotives were fitted to bunker (like the ‘H’ and ‘P’ classes) whilst on Wainwright cabs the lower lamp irons were fitted to the running plate. Furthermore, the middle lamp irons were fitted in different places with the respective cabs.

 

 


R1 Liveries

These tables list the liveries as identified from photographic evidence. It does not state actual livery change dates. However, those marked with ‘#’ are believed change dates from documented evidence. Where a date is not yet known the table remains blank.

 

Table of SECR /SR Liveries

 

SR
Locomotive
Number

SECR
Austerity

Austerity SECR grey to
SR lined black #

SR

1010

1047

1069

1107

1127

1128

1147

1154

1174

1335

1337

1339

1340

 

 

 

 

 

1914

Aug-26

Jul-24

Nov-25

Mar-26

Nov-25

Aug-24

Apr-26

Aug-25

Oct-26

Oct-24

Oct-24

Dec-26

Sep-25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#1

 

 

#1 - number on tank side below cab

 

 

Table of BR(S) Liveries

In terms of liveries information is provided where known. Dates of liveries come from photographs and /or contemporary reports. In respect of the early BR ‘Lion-on-Wheel’ totem both the earliest date and latest dates are given. However, the majority of R1 class locomotives never went on to carry the later ‘Ferret & Dartboard’ totems and for some it is currently unknown if they carried these.

 

 

Locomotive
Number

Latest Southern
Livery

Earliest
British Railways
Sunshine

Latest
British Railways
Sunshine

Earliest
Early BR Totem

Latest
Early BR Totem

Earliest
Late BR Totem

31010

31047

31069

31107

(3)1127

31128

31147

31154

31174

31335

31337

31339

31340

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1949

 

Apr-48

 

 

 

 

c.1949

 

 

 

 

 

27-Nov-52

 

Apr-48

 

 

 

 

5-May-51

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

Aug-52

1956

29-Oct-54

Never

3-Jul-54

17-May-52

1952

Jun-56

15-May-54

Mar-52

Apr-53

Aug-52

1957

Jul-57

1-Jun-58

26-Mar-59

Never

26-Mar-59

14-May-55

 

Apr-59

15-May-54

May-57

 

18-Oct-58

 

#2

1958

Never

Never

Never

Never

?

Never

?

Never

18-Oct-58

?

?

#2 - 26-Mar-59 no totem carried


 

R1 Allocations

The following allocation information has been obtained for the R1 class starting with the SECR re-allocation following Armistice Day 1918. The August 1945 wartime allocations is viewed as being reasonable accurate.

 

Table of SECR & Southern Railway R1 Allocations

 

Number

Allocation
c.1918

Allocation
c.1925

Allocation
c.1932

Allocation
c.1934

10

47

69

107

127

128

147

154

174

335

337

339

340

 

Canterbury West

Reading

Maidstone West

Folkestone Junction

Bricklayers Arms

Reading

Canterbury West

Redhill

Bricklayers Arms

Hastings

Bricklayers Arms

Folkestone Junction

Bricklayers Arms

 

Canterbury West

Reading

Maidstone West

Folkestone Junction

Not identified

Reading

Canterbury West

Redhill

Not identified

Hastings

Maidstone West

Folkestone Junction

Maidstone West

 

Canterbury West

Canterbury West

Maidstone West

Folkestone Junction

Ramsgate

Not identified

Not identified *

Dover (store)

Reading

Not identified

Maidstone West

Hastings

Folkestone Junction

 

* possibly Canterbury West

Canterbury West

Canterbury West

Tonbridge

Folkestone Junction

Ramsgate

Not identified

Not identified *

Dover (store)

Reading

Not identified

Maidstone West

Hastings

Folkestone Junction

 

* possibly Canterbury West

 

 

Table of Southern Railway (wartime) Allocations

 

Number

Allocation
Aug. 1939

Allocation
c.1940

Allocation
c.1943

Allocation
Aug. 1945

1010

1047

1069

1107

1127

1128

1147

1154

1174

1335

1337

1339

1340

 

Canterbury West

Folkestone Junction

Reading

Folkestone Junction

Folkestone Junction

Folkestone Junction

Canterbury West

Folkestone Junction

Dover

St. Leonards

Folkestone Junction

St. Leonards

Folkestone Junction

 

Canterbury West

Folkestone Junction

Reading

Tonbridge

Headcorn (store)

Headcorn (store)

Canterbury West

Tonbridge

Ashford

St. Leonards

Folkestone Junction

St. Leonards

Ashford

 

Canterbury West

Folkestone Junction

Ashford (in works)

Tonbridge

Folkestone Junction

Folkestone Junction

Canterbury West

Reading

Ashford

St. Leonards

Folkestone Junction

St. Leonards

Tonbridge

 

Canterbury West

Folkestone Junction

Canterbury West

Folkestone Junction

Folkestone Junction

Folkestone Junction

Ashford

Folkestone Junction

St. Leonards

St. Leonards

Folkestone Junction

Ashford

Folkestone Junction

 


Table of R1 BR(S) Allocations 1949 to 1957

 

Number

May 49
until >

Jun 52
until >

Jun 55
until >

Aug 55
until >

Sep 55
until >

Oct 57
until >

31010

31047

31069

31107

31128

31147

31154

31174

31335

31337

31339

31340

 

74A

74C(F)

74A

74C(F)

74C(F)

74C(F)

74C(F)

74E

74E

74C(F)

74A

74C(F)

74A

74C(F)

74C(F)

74C(F)

74C(F)

74A

74C(F)

74E

74E

74C(F)

74A

74C(F)

74A

74C(F)

74C(F)

74C(F)

74C(F)

74A

74C(F)

74E

Wdn

74C(F)

74A

74C(F)

74E

74C(F)

74C(F)

74C(F)

74C(F)

74A

Wdn

74E

-

74C(F)

74A

74C(F)

74E

74C(F)

74C(F)

74C(F)

74C(F)

74C(F)

-

74E

-

74C(F)

74C(F)

74C(F)

74C

74C(F)

74C(F)

74C(F)

74C(F)

74C(F)

-

74C

-

74C(F)

74C(F)

74C(F)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

70A

74A

74E

Nine Elms

Ashford

St. Leonards

 

 

74C

74C(F)

74H

74H(F)

Dover

Dover (Folkestone)

Dover

Dover (Folkestone)

 

 

Table of R1 BR(S) Allocations 1958 to 1960

 

Number

May 58
until >

Oct 59
until >

Jun 59
until >

Aug 59
until >

Oct 59
until >

Mar 60

31010

31047

31069

31107

31128

31147

31154

31174

31335

31337

31339

31340

 

74C

74C(F)

 

74C(F)

74C(F)

74C(F)

-

74C(F)

 

74C

 

74C(F)

 

74H

74H(F)

-

74H(F)

74H(F)

 

-

74H(F)

 

74H

-

74H(F)

70A

70A

-

70A

70A

70A

-

70A

 

70A

-

-

Wdn

70A

-

Wdn

70A

Wdn

-

Wdn

 

70A

-

-

-

70A

-

-

Wdn

-

-

-

-

70A

-

-

-

Wdn

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Wdn

-

-

 

The suggested allocation to Nine Elms (70A) appears to be a paper exercise surrounding withdrawal. There is no suggestion that the locomotives were physically moved there.

 

 


Published R1 Photographs

The R1 was not widely photographed in close up. Although many photographs were taken of the locomotives at work on the Folkestone East branch many of these were at a distance making identification /detailed observation difficult.

Table of R1 Photographs 31010 to 31340

 

Number

Book

Page

Author

31010

Southern Steam South and East
More Southern Steam South and East
Southern Branch Line Steam 3
Branch Lines in Kent
Kent Coast Heyday
Around the Branch Lines Number 1 The Southern

N/K
38
10
9
41
38

Bradford Barton
Bradford Barton
Bradford Barton
Harding
Esau & Siviour
Gough

31047

Steam on the Southern
South Eastern Steam
Kent Steam
Southern Steam on Shed
Southern Steam in Action 2
Southern Steam in Action 4
Southern Steam Double-headed
Southern Branch Line Steam 1
Kent Coast Heyday
Around the Branch Lines Number 1 The Southern
Fifties Steam Collection

12
8
80
N/K
N/K
27
75
6
54
38
31

Hobbs
Lissenden
Welch
Bradford Barton
Bradford Barton
Bradford Barton
Bradford Barton
Bradford Barton
Esau & Siviour
Gough
Sawford

31069

South Eastern Steam
South Coast Railways Ashford to Dover
Branch Lines in Kent
Southern Branch Lines

18
70
9
48

Lissenden
Mitchell & Smith
Harding
Gammell

31107

South Eastern Steam
Kent Coast Heyday
Around the Branch Lines Number 1 The Southern
Cross Country Routes of the Southern
Steam in Kent and East Sussex
An Historical Survey of Southern Sheds

8
53
38
9
N/K
37

Lissenden
Esau & Siviour
Gough
Gough
Ovenden
Hawkins & Reeve

(3)1127

Withdrawn 1949 - None found

 

 

31128

Southern Steam on Shed – Note #1
Southern Steam in Action 2
Southern Branch Line Steam 1
Kent Coast Heyday
Around the Branch Lines Number 1 The Southern
Fifties Steam Collection

N/K
N/K
6
53
38
31

Bradford Barton
Bradford Barton
Bradford Barton
Esau & Siviour
Gough
Sawford

31147

Branch Lines around Canterbury
Branch Lines around Canterbury
Steaming through Kent
The Locomotives of the South Eastern Railway
Branch Lines in Kent
Southern Branch Lines
Fifties Steam Collection

90
100
103
47
1
46
47

Mitchell & Smith
Mitchell & Smith
Mitchell & Smith
Bradley
Harding
Gammell
Sawford

31154

Southern Steam double-headed
Southern Steam in Action 4
Kent Coast Heyday
On Southern Metals

75
27
40
9 & 10

Bradford Barton
Bradford Barton
Esau & Siviour
Elsey

31174

The Locomotives of the South Eastern Railway
Southern Steam on Shed
The Glorious Years of British Steam Trains - Southern Railway

138

N/K

Bradley
Bradford Barton
Garratt

31335

South Eastern Steam

47

Lissenden

31337

The Locomotives of the South Eastern Railway
Southern Branch Lines
Kent Coast Heyday
Steam in Kent and East Sussex
Southern Reflections
The Glorious Years of British Steam Trains - Southern Railway

154
49 & 50
54
109
N/K
N/K

Bradley
Gammell
Esau & Siviour
Riley & Harris
Ovenden
Garratt

31339

Branch Lines around Canterbury
South Coast Railways Ashford to Dover
Southern Branch Line Steam 3
Southern Branch Lines
Around the Branch Lines Number 1 The Southern

97
74
8
46
35

Mitchell & Smith
Mitchell & Smith
Bradford Barton
Gammell
Gough

31340

South Coast Railways Ashford to Dover
Southern Steam on Shed #1
Kent Coast Heyday
An Historical Survey of Southern Sheds

78
N/K
54
37

Mitchell & Smith
Bradford Barton
Esau & Siviour
Hawkins & Reeve

 

Note #1

Believed to be either 31128 or 31340 standing behind 31047 on the basis of elimination through variations. 31128 is favoured as it appears in this relative post-withdrawal position in other photographs.

 

 

 

 

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A green train on a track

Description automatically generated with low confidence

Wrenn R1 no.1127

© Colin Watts

 

 

R1 in model form

Hornby Dublo and latterly Wrenn produced a OO R1 with ‘Pagoda’ roof; it most closely approximated to numbers 31107 31127 & 31335 & 31337 in all detail except the Ross Pop safety valves. At present there is insufficient information to compare against number 31154.

Branchlines produce an R1 underframe kit for these Hornby Dublo bodies.

CDC Design produce 4mm bodies of the R1 using 3D printing techniques. These models are available either in plain black or ready-numbered. Currently both Wainwright ‘Pagoda’ (31047) and Stirling cab (31010, 31069. 31147 & 31339) versions are produced to fit on a Hornby ‘Jinty’ chassis.

South Eastern Finecast produce both 4mm body and underframe kits of the R1. All variations can be produced. A separate kit covers the R class.

Ace Models /W.Ascough produce a 7mm 'R1' class 0-6-0T kit. The kit purports to cover the SER
'R' as well.