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30506 - SR S15 Class

Status Operational

Notes

The S15's were designed purely as a Freight engine, working the heavy night express goods trains between Exeter and Nine Elms, and from Southampton to Nine Elms.  They proved to be excellent engines.

The locomotive's chassis is currently in the back of the wheeldrop shed where the cylinders are being removed to access corrosion in the area between the main frames and the cylinders.. The new tender is virtually complete with final works being carried out this year. The boiler for 506 is now in the boiler shop at Ropley where considerable work is taking place to get it ready for fitting to the engine. It is hoped that 506 will steam again in the next 18 months if work progresses to the current plan.

Watch a short film about 499 and 506 here

Watch a short film about the Urie Locomotive Society here

For more information please visit the Urie Locomotive Society website

Details

Built at
Eastleigh Works
Build year
October 1920
Classification
6 Freight
Entered service
October 1920
Designer
Robert Urie
Last major overhaul
1998
Mileage
1,220,000
Owner
Urie Locomotive Society
Region
LSWR/Southern
Shed allocation
Nine Elms (from new), Strawberry Hill 1922, Feltham 1923
Total built of class
20, 45 in total when Maunsell version added
Withdrawn
5 January 1964

Technical

Cylinders
2
Cylinder size
21" x 28"
Driving wheel diameter
5' 7"
Max boiler pressure
180 psi
Total length
65' 6.75"
Tractive effort
28200 ibf at 85% boiler pressure
Tender coal capacity
5 tons
Tender water capacity
5000 gallons
Wheel arrangament
4-6-0
Working order weight
135 tons
Valve gear
Walschaerts