|Marsh's C3 class 0-6-0 goods locomotive was, essentially, a R J Billinton design but with the first example of the larger, 170lb, boiler thet Marsh used when rebuilding Mr Billinton's locomotives, though without the saddle that was used with the rebuilt locomotives.|
Nº303 photographed near Arundel whilst working a Horsham - Bognor goods train duty during 1925.
photograph: O.J.Morris, by courtesy of the Dave Searle collection
|Some ten locomotives, the final series of LB&SCR main line goods engines, were built at Brighton between March and September 1906. The first five had 17½in x 26in cylinders whilst the second five were initially provided with ones of 18in x 26in, though these were later reduced to the same as the first five locomotives' cylinders. Originally provided with 3,112 gallon tenders, they were later fitted with smaller ones from the B2 class as those locomotives were rebuilt to class B2x. From 1917 the R J Billinton style chimnies were replaced with Marsh's larger version and four locomotives were fitted with L Billinton's double domed boiler during 1920. As was frequently the case with small classes, they didn't last as long as their contemporaries in the larger classes, probably due to the higher number of "good" engines in the larger classes, and were considerably out-lived by the C2x class, though eight survived into early British Railways ownership. The C3 was known for running hot at speed, which also placed it at a disadvantage when compared with the C2x which could happily handle any heavy excursion train.|
|Double-domed example Nº305.
photograph: Dave Searle collection
|Many of the class spent much of their days shedded at Horsham. One locomotive, Nº304, received a saddled and extended smokebox though there were rumours that she had been rebuilt with a circular smokebox, to be classified as C3x, but this did not happen and there was no C3x class. Nº304 was the first of the class to be withdrawn.|
|An unidentified loco, believed to be a C3, at an unknown location!
photograph: Mike Morant collection
5 ft 0 in
40 ton 10 cwt
17½in x 26in *
170 lb sq in
19,175 lbs #
|* 305-309 originally fitted with 18in x 26 in
# 305-309 ariginally 20,285 lbs
|LBSCR Nº||SR Nº #||BR Nº||Built||Withdrawn|
|300||2300||32300||Mar 1906||Jul 1951|
|301||2301||32301||Jun 1906||Feb 1951|
|302||2302||32302||Jun 1906||Jan 1952|
|303||2303||32303||Jun 1906||Sep 1951|
|304||2304||-||Jul 1906||Jul 1936|
|305||2304||-||Jul 1906||Sep 1937|
|306||2306||- *||Aug 1906||Oct 1951|
|307||2307||- *||Aug 1906||May 1949|
|309||2309||- *||Sep 1906||Jan 1949|
|308||2308||- *||Nov 1906||Dec 1948|
|# Between 1923 and 1928 SR numbers were the LBSC
numbers with the added prefix 'B', although the new number may not have
been applied until some time later.
* These four locomotives did not carry BR numbers.
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