This page will be updated when more information is available and more recent photos of those under construction will be added in due course.
GNR Sturrock steam tender 0-6-0+0-6-0
In 1863 Sturrock invented the steam tender, an auxiliary engine designed to give extra power at starting or at low speeds. The tenders he had built ran on six wheels, which were coupled. Fitted to his 0-6-0 goods engines, Sturrock’ s steam tenders enabled heavy mineral trains to be hauled more easily, including on gradients. However, the enginemen disliked having to look after what were, in effect, two locomotives.
A scratchbuilt loco. It would never have ventured through the widened lines onto the LCDR and the last steam tenders remained in use until only 1868, but it is a talking point whenever it appears!
GNR 126 Class 0-4-2T no.49
The eleven 126 Class locomotives were built at Doncaster works between 1869 and 1871. They were a Stirling design, but were generally similar to earlier Sturrock 0-4-2T locomotives.
LCDR Ruby class 2-4-0T no. 145 ‘Onyx’
The Ruby class locomotives originated as 2-4-0 engines that had been built by Sharp Stewart in 1856 for the Dutch-Rhenish Railway. Six these were purchased by the LCDR in 1861. They were initially used on the Victoria to Dover services, but were later used in the London area where tenders were an encumbrance and were rebuilt in 1865/1865 as 2-4-0 tank engines.
As built, our model of Onyx bearing the number 145 and painted black is slightly too late for our period.
LCDR ‘Scotchmen’ class 0-4-2WT ‘Jura’
Martley had wanted more powerful locomotives than those already in use to work the cross-London trains and put out a tender for a new 2-4-0T class. The tender was won in 1865 by Neilson & Co, but they suggested that 0-4-2T engines of the same design as the Sturrock locomotives used by the GNR would be better. The GNR apparently had no objections and 14 locomotives entered service in 1866. These were to become the ‘Scotchmen’ class and worked the cross-London services into the mid-1870s.
LCDR Reindeer class 2-4-0 ‘Reindeer’
Tenders for six new engines (to be paid for in instalments) were invited in 1864, but only one, from Brassey & Co, was received. The engines were delivered in 1865. They were originally used on express services between Dover and London, but later relegated to lesser duties.
Under construction from plans described as being Reindeer class, but this is potentially incorrect as the appearance is closer to the Enigma class.
LCDR 0-6-0 ‘Huz’
‘Huz’ appears to be something of an anomaly. Apparently Martley had intended to purchase two 0-8-0T engines, but when similar locomotives of the GNR were refused permission to run on Metropolitan Railway lines that order was cancelled. In 1867 he then proposed the purchase of three condensing 0-6-0 tender locomotives specifically for working freight traffic over the widened lines. Although these were never built, the authorisation remained in place and in 1873 two Sharp Stewart 0-6-0 tender locomotives were purchased from stock. These became ‘Huz’ and ‘Buzz’
LCDR 0-6-0ST ‘Hercules’
‘Hercules’ and sister engine ‘Ajax’ had originally been built in 1856 by Hawthorn & Co as 0-6-0 tender engines and were purchased second hand by the Chatham in 1860. Both were rebuilt at Longhedge works in 1865 as 0-6-0 saddle tanks and were used at Herne Hill and Battersea yards as well as hauling goods trains on the Metropolitan extension.
Our model has been scratchbuilt.
LCDR 0-4-2 ‘Brigand’
‘Brigand’ was one of two locomotives purchased from Sharp Stewart. They were built in 1861 as part of a batch of locomotives designed by Patrick Stirling for use on the Glasgow and South Western Railway, but were diverted to the Chatham! It is unlikely they would have turned up at Blackfriars Bridge as they were employed mainly on trains around the Medway towns, but occasionally worked excursions to Victoria.
MR ‘Metro’ Tank 4-4-0T
First produced in 1864 for the Metropolitan Railway (now part of the London Underground), but also used by other railway companies, these locomotives were designed and built by Beyer Peacock. The Midland Railway ordered six from Beyer Peacock in 1868.
Our model was made from an IKB Models kit.
MR Kirtley 0-4-4WT no. 789
These locomotives were built to the design of Matthew Kirtley. The first six were delivered in 1869 and had been built by Beyer Peacock. A further 20 were supplied by Dubs in the following year. They were to provide motive power over the widened lines for both passenger and freight services.
Our loco is made from a London Road Models etched brass kit is, with nickel silver chassis and lost wax brass and whitemetal castings.
LSWR Beattie 4-2-0WT no. 314
The LSWR built 88 Beattie 2-4-0 well tanks between 1863 and 1875 to haul their suburban services in London.
The loco currently in use was built for our other project, ‘Seaton’, and shows the class as rebuilt and is out of period for Blackfriars Bridge, but is to be replaced in due course by another of a more suitable period.