BR Standard Class 4 2-6-4T

First outshopped from Brighton works in July 1951, 155 of these locomotives were built in Brighton, Derby and Doncaster works between then and 1957 and became general workhorses on all the regions of British Railways, except the Western. Not things of beauty with their somewhat unattractive "rear ends", they were a product of the development by British Railways of a series of twelve "Standard" locomotive designs embracing the best practices of the pre-nationalisation railways.
80154 80145 at Southwater with Bulleid Coach
Set 85 during 1961.

photograph by Keith Harwood

Designed by RA Riddles, British Railways' Chief Mechanical Engineer, these tanks were one of the most successful of the "Standards", doing well all that was asked of them.

The Standard 4s shared much of the basic design of the LMS Railway's Class 4 2-6-4Ts built under both Stanier and Fairburn (some of the latter locos were built at Brighton after nationalisation) but with considerable improvements. They had smaller cylinders and higher pressure boilers, were more economical in operation and were popular with footplate crews for their better running and improved cab facilities.

Classified as 4MT on the Eastern, Midland, and Scottish Regions, their Southern classification was 4P/4F. Most were to be found working on the Central and South Western sections of the Southern Region, the LTSR lines of the Eastern Region and the Glasgow commuter lines in Scotland. When the LTSR lines were electrified many of the displaced Standard 4s were transferred in July 1962 to Shrewsbury, in the Western Region, who then lost them again to the Midland Region during the boundary changes that took effect from 1 January 1963. In the same boundary changes the Western Region was handed all of the Southern Region west of Salisbury, also inheriting the locomotives based in that area, including Standard 4Ts. However, the mainly dieselised Western Region seemed determined to send them to the scrapyards as quickly as they could either get their hands on DMUs to replace them, or close down the lines where they worked.

Another shot of 80145 at Southwater in 1961, with Bulleid Coach Set 977 in the other platform.

photograph by Keith Harwood

80069 80069 at Clapham Junction whilst working the "Kenny Belle", the postal workers service from Kensington Olympia to Clapham Junction.

photograph by Ray Soper

80018 arrives at Oxted with four non-corridor MkI coaches and some Bulleids.

photograph by Keith Harwood

In Western Region days .... just over 4 months until replacement by diesel
Brighton-built 80041 at Wadebridge, 22 August 1964...

photograph by Alan Robinson

...and sister engine 80059 at Bude, also 22 August 1964

photograph by Alan Robinson

80140 shunting Pullman stock and a Rail Blue and Grey Full Brake at Clapham Junction, November 1966.

photograph by Ray Soper

80143 A rather forlorn looking 80143 waits patiently for its next duty.

photograph by Ray Soper

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July 1951
5 ft 8 ins
3 ft
44 ft 9 7/8 ins
86 tons 13 cwt
2,000 gals
18 in x 28 in
225 lb sq in
25,100 lb
3 1/2 tons
Locomotives built at Brighton: 80010-53, 80059-105 and 80116-54

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