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Created 14-Apr-12
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15 of the USA built machines were bought in 1945 at a total cost of £35,000 which comprised 14 working locomotives and one spare for cannibalisation when parts were needed. They proved to be powerful and reliable machines once they had been altered to suit the British requirements (eg fitting with cylinder drain cocks) but being utilitarian locomotives they had been constructed at minimum cost and their steel fireboxes gave considerable trouble due to excessive corrosion in early BR days. Once new fireboxes had been fitted the USA tanks gave excellent service throughout the 1950s until diesel shunters made them redundant at Southampton Docks from 1962. Despite being banished from Southampton, their general usefulness ensured that for almost all of them, new roles beckoned. Six engines were given a further lease of life as Departmental shunters in other BR estabishments such as Ashford Wagon Works (which received three) and most of the remainder were distributed elsewhere in the Southern Region to act as shed pilots or for similar duties.

62 1947-05-17 Southampton Docks

62 1947-05-17 Southampton Docks

72 1948-06 Eastleigh Works

72 1948-06 Eastleigh Works

300xx 1958-05 Southampton Docks

300xx 1958-05 Southampton Docks

30061 DS233 1960s Eastleigh shed

30061 DS233 1960s Eastleigh shed

30062 1955-05-22 Southampton Docks

30062 1955-05-22 Southampton Docks

30062 1961-08-02 Southampton Docks

30062 1961-08-02 Southampton Docks

30062 1961-08-02 Southampton Docks

30062 1961-08-02 Southampton Docks

30062 1961c Southampton Docks

30062 1961c Southampton Docks

30062 1962-09-23 Southampton Docks

30062 1962-09-23 Southampton Docks

30062 30072 1962-11-11 Eastleigh

30062 30072 1962-11-11 Eastleigh

30063 1956-11-24 Southampton Docks

30063 1956-11-24 Southampton Docks

30064 1963 Southampton Docks

30064 1963 Southampton Docks

30064 1964-07 Eastleigh

30064 1964-07 Eastleigh

30064 1964c Eastleigh

30064 1964c Eastleigh

30064 1965c Eastleigh

30064 1965c Eastleigh

30064 1967-03-25 Marchwood

30064 1967-03-25 Marchwood

30064 30073 1966-03-19 Fawley Branch

30064 30073 1966-03-19 Fawley Branch

30065 1961-08-02 Southampton Docks

30065 1961-08-02 Southampton Docks

30065 1961-11-26 Eastleigh Works

30065 1961-11-26 Eastleigh Works

30065 1963-07-14 Eastleigh shed

30065 1963-07-14 Eastleigh shed

Categories & Keywords
Category:Transportation
Subcategory:Railway
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Keywords:SR, Steam, USA