GL5

BULLEID Q1 CLASS

0-6-0 LOCO

This super Bulleid Class Q1 loco is seen on the GL5 stand at Doncaster in 2018.

This class of loco dates from the austerity of the World War 2 years and was a completely new, and controversial design for the Southern Railway. The result was this powerful (30,000 lb at 85% boiler pressure) acceptably reliable loco with the largest fire grate area of any British 0-6-0 (27 sq. ft) weighing some 14 tons lighter than a comparable engine, and which could operate over 93% of the Southern system. However, the need to keep the weight down and make efficient use of materials resulted in a controversial boxy appearance, lacking running plates and splashers - which was said to ‘horrify’ students of locomotive design, locomen and railway enthusiasts alike. The Q1 class attracted more uncomplimentary nicknames than any other Southern engine. Today most regard it as having a particular charm, redolent of a lost era.

It also represents the ultimate development of the British 0-6-0 freight loco. All survived into the 1960s, long after their expected withdrawal date.

Just one of the 40 built has survived into preservation with the National Rail Museum.

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