C Class BR Black Early Emblem 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive No.31227 By Bachmann | Code: 31-462A | OO Gauge

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  • C Class BR Black Early Emblem 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive No.31227
  • C Class BR Black Early Emblem 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive No.31227
  • C Class BR Black Early Emblem 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive No.31227
  • C Class BR Black Early Emblem 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive No.31227
  • C Class BR Black Early Emblem 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive No.31227
  • C Class BR Black Early Emblem 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive No.31227
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Product code 31-462A
Manufacturer Bachmann
Product category Steam Locos/Engines ,
Product scale OO Gauge

Product description

The end of the 19th century saw the formation of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway, uniting the South Eeastern Railway and the London, Chatham & Dover Railway under one managing committee. Following the inauguration of its new Locomotive and Carriage Superintendent, Harry Wainwright, a project was begun to replace small and ailing locomotives of the constituent railways with larger and more powerful machines. The C Class was created as the new railway's statement goods locomotives, and 109 were constructed between 1900 and 1908. Although used primarily for freight duties, the C Class locomotives were also occasionally engaged in passenger work when required, often for Kent 'hop pickers' services.

Simple yet robust in construct, the C Class locomotives proved to be a notable success. They gave little trouble in service, achieved good speed and, for engines of a 0-6-0 wheel arrangement, provided a surprisingly comfortable ride. These qualities contributed to a long working life, with all but two of the locomotives surviving into BR ownership and many lasting until the electrification of the Kend Coast in 1959-60. Withdrawals began in 1953 and accelerated during the electrification project.

One locomotive from the class - 592 (Southern Railway 1952,BR 31592) - has been preserved and can be seen on the Bluebell Railway

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