Southern Railways

The Southern Railway was the runt of the litter in the big four grouping, but it had some interesting assets, nevertheless. Foremost among them was O.V.Bulleid, a very imaginative locomotive designer. Best known for his unusually streamlined pacifics, he also was responsible for the odd-looking but highly functional Q1 class, as well as an Irish turf-burning loco.

S class

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  • Date : 14 Dec 1980
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11332
  • Description : A Southern Railways S15 4-6-0, designed by Maunsell, and first introduced in 1927, tractive effort of 29,855 lb.


U class

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  • Date : 16 Nov 1999, catalogued
  • Photographer : (virtual reality modeller:) Laurent Hogue
  • Medium : image model
  • Description : Laurent is constructing this 3D model from technical specifications and drawings, and has used my 1618-1 image to assist him in the construction. Really cool, Laurent!


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  • Date : 28 Jun 1980, catalogued 02 May 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome 64, slide number 9474
  • Description : Lord Nelson at Carnforth, readies to pull the Cumbrian Mountains Express.


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  • Date : 28 Jun 1980, catalogued 02 May 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome 64, slide number 9475
  • Description : Detail of one of the sets of Lord Nelson's motions. (I beg your pardon!!?? Could you please rephrase that!)


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  • Date : 28 Jun 1980, catalogued 18 Jul 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 9478
  • Description : I always thought the boiler profile of these locos was a little heavy. This photo shows why.


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  • Date : 28 Jun 1980, catalogued 30 Jan 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 9516
  • Description : Lord Nelson shunts her train at Carnforth.


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  • Date : Jul 1980, catalogued 25 Feb 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 9858
  • Description : "Lord Nelson" backs onto her (his?) train at Skipton.


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  • Date : Jul 1980, catalogued 26 Feb 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 9860
  • Description : Driver Bush and his mate chat with an out-of-shot passenger.


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  • Date : Jul 1980, catalogued 26 Feb 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 9864
  • Description : "Lord Nelson" prepares to leave Skipton. Contrast this photo with the classic Southern Railways poster.


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  • Date : 1998 (?), catalogued 30 Sep 2005
  • Photographer : Alan Newble
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : The Southern Railways 4-6-0 "Lord Nelson" , of the eponymously named Lord Nelson class, with a Cumbrian Mountains Express train.


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  • Date : Jul 1980, catalogued 26 Feb 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 9858
  • Description : "Lord Nelson" alongside a DMU that is going to ... where??


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  • Date : 28 Jun 1980, catalogued 30 Jan 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 9512
  • Description : Flying Scotsman in the foreground, and Lord Nelson in the background.


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  • Date : 14 Dec 1980
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11335
  • Description : The great Stanier, on seeing the rather curious Q1 class for the first time, is reputed to have asked Bulleid "Where do you wind it up?". The Q1 class were built in 1942 as war time austerity locomotives, and as such, had a very austere appearance! The loco has now (2005) returned to the National Rail Museum at York.


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  • Date : 18 Jan 1981, catalogued 10 Apr 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11350
  • Description : Not the best of angles, but one of the best of Angleterre Steam: an unrebuilt West Country class Blackmore Vale at Sheffield Park. See also The Bluebell Bulleid Page


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  • Date : Jun 2001, catalogued 29 Mar 2003
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : digital camera, image location 100-0022_IMG
  • Description : this is West Country class "Blackmoor Vale" in splendid condition at the Bluebell Railway in Sussex in June 2001. Love those Boxpok wheels!


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  • Date : 1980, catalogued 21 Jul 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
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  • Description : An unrebuilt West Country class designed by O.V.Bulleid -- as a child, these were always one of my favourite locos.


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  • Date : 22 Mar 1980, catalogued 21 Jul 1997
  • Photographer : John Hurst
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  • Description : Not only one of my favourite locos, but also a source of admiration for many other people!


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  • Date : 22 Mar 1980, catalogued 12 Dec 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 8832
  • Description : Not only one of my favourite locos, but also a source of admiration for many other people! A slide version of the scene above, taken a few moments later.


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  • Date : 22 Mar 1980, catalogued 31 Mar 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 8844
  • Description : 34092 is the train engine, running in reverse, as she leaves Oxenhope bound for Keighley.


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  • Date : 28 Jun 1980, catalogued 21 Jan 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 9486
  • Description : The wheels and frame of "Canadian Pacific", a Southern Region Merchant Navy class pacific 4-6-2, built in 1941.


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  • Date : 28 Jun 1980, catalogued 23 Jan 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 9477
  • Description : The middle cylinder and piston rod of "Canadian Pacific" with brake cylinders and rigging on each side.


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  • Date : 28 Jun 1980, catalogued 23 Jan 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 9490
  • Description : The underframes of "Canadian Pacific" with the centre crank in the foreground, and "Lord Nelson" in the background.


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  • Date : 24 May 1980, catalogued 17 Jan 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 9337
  • Description : Southern Railways' rebuilt Merchant Navy 4-6-2 pacific "Clan Line" at Rocket 150.


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  • Date : ? (installed 18 Mar 2000), catalogued
  • Photographer : Alan Newble, used with permission
  • Medium : supplied electronically by Alan Newble
  • Description : A rebuilt Merchant Navy pacific


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  • Date : 20 Apr 1980, catalogued 11 Apr 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome 64, slide number 8994
  • Description : Ever wondered how it works? 35029 "Ellerman Lines" shows how.


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  • Date : 20 Apr 1980, catalogued 11 Apr 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome 64, slide number 8995
  • Description : Ever wondered how it works? 35029 "Ellerman Lines" shows how. This is the innards of one of the piston valves, which control the admission of steam to the main cylinders.


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  • Date : 20 Apr 1980, catalogued 18 Apr 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome 64, slide number 8996
  • Description : Ever wondered how it works? 35029 "Ellerman Lines" shows how. Here we see the innards of the smokebox.


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  • Date : 20 Apr 1980, catalogued 18 Apr 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome 64, slide number 8997
  • Description : Ever wondered how it works? 35029 "Ellerman Lines" shows how. Here we see the innards of the firebox.


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  • Date : 20 Apr 1980, catalogued 13 Dec 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 8998
  • Description : The presentation of these locos is absolutely first class, as these reflective shots show.


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