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SECR L Class

In 1919 Nº772 was experimentally fitted with oil-firing, but the experiment didn't last long and wasn't extended to any others of the class.
Although the engines were never given official names, NºA763 was, during the 1926 strike, given the name Betty Baldwin, which was painted on the leading splashers by a volunteer driver. The name remained until the loco went into the workshops some twelve months later, making it one of only two SECR engines to carry a name, the other being the initial 'River Class' 2-6-4T, River Avon.
 
In early British Railways days, on-shed at Eastleigh in 1952, Nº31775 still carries the legend 'SOUTHERN' on her tender with the new number low on the cabside within the area of the rear splasher. Note that the coaling crane has the 'Cycling Lion' BR Crest.

photograph: Mike Morant collection

0329
 
31773 An early BR era photo of Nº31773 at Ashford with an unlettered tender and cabside number in the lower position.

photograph: Mike Morant collection

 
In this photo Nº31765's cabside number is above the area of the rear splasher, the "final" siting for it. The first part of the train that is just about to pass under the inpressive gantry signal consists of a van and Birdcage brake.

photograph: Mike Morant collection

31765
 
31764 Nº31764 with the RCTS "The Wealden Limited" tour of 14th August 1955.

photograph: Mike Morant collection

 
Nº31778 photographed at Redhill during 1955.

photograph: Mike Morant collection

31778
 
31778 and 31781 Nº31778 again, this time with 31781 approaching, also at Redhill during 1955.

photograph: Mike Morant collection

 
Nº31768 working 'The Greyhound Railtour' at Salisbury on 14th August 1960. Another loco on this tour was, not surprisingly, a T9! This is an unusual setting for an L Class loco as they didn't normally wander away from south eastern metals.

photograph: Mike Morant collection

31768
 

Technical Details

  • Introduced: July 1914
  • Driving Wheel: 6 ft 8 ins
  • Bogie Wheel: 3 ft 7 ins
  • Length: 56 ft 75/8 ins
  • Total Weight: 98 tons 6 cwt
  • Water Capacity: 3,500 gals
  • Coal Capacity: 5 tons 0 cwt
  • Cylinders (2): 19½ in x 26 in
  • Boiler Pressure: 180 lb sq in
  • Tractive Effort: 18,910 lb
  • BR Power Classification: 3-P
 
SECR Nº SR Nº # BR Nº Built Builder Withdrawn
760
761
762
763
764
765
766
767
768
769
770
771
772*
773
774
775
776
777
778
779
780
781
1760
1761
1762
1763*
1764
1765
1766
1767
1768
1769
1770
1771
1772
1773
1774
1775
1776
1777
1778
1779
1780
1781
31760
31761
31762
31763
31764
31765
31766
31767
31768
31769
31770
31771
31772
31773
31774
31775
31776
31777
31778
31779
31780
31781
Aug 1914
Aug 1914
Aug 1914
Aug 1914
Aug 1914
Aug 1914
Sep 1914
Sep 1914
Sep 1914
Sep 1914
Sep 1914
Oct 1914
Jun 1914
Jun 1914
Jun 1914
Jun 1914
Jun 1914
Jun 1914
Jun 1914
Jul 1914
Jul 1914
Jul 1914
Beyer, Peacock
Beyer, Peacock
Beyer, Peacock
Beyer, Peacock
Beyer, Peacock
Beyer, Peacock
Beyer, Peacock
Beyer, Peacock
Beyer, Peacock
Beyer, Peacock
Beyer, Peacock
Beyer, Peacock
A Borsig
A Borsig
A Borsig
A Borsig
A Borsig
A Borsig
A Borsig
A Borsig
A Borsig
A Borsig
Jun 1961
Dec 1956
Feb 1960
Apr 1960
Feb 1961
Feb 1961
Feb 1961
Dec 1961
Oct 1958
Apr 1956
Nov 1959
Dec 1961
Feb 1959
Aug 1959
Dec 1958
Aug 1959
Feb 1961
Sep 1959
Aug 1959
Jul 1959
Jul 1961
Jun 1959
# Between 1923 and 1928 SR numbers were the SECR numbers with the added prefix 'A'
* Unofficially named "Betty Baldwin" 1926-7.
* Briefly converted to oil firing 1919.

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