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LB&SCR E5 / 5x Classes

The third of RJ Billinton's 0-6-2 radial tanks was the E5 class of 1902 which was intended for working semi-fast outer suburban and country trains. Although outwardly very similar to the E4 class they were given larger, 5' 6" driving wheels and a longer firebox than the E4. Water and coal capacities were also greater at 1,665 gallons and 3½ tons. Weighing some 60 tons in all they were the largest tank engine to date to be owned by the LB&SCR.
 
32574 E5 Nº32574 looking replendent in shiny BR black.

photograph: A J Wills Photographic Collection

 
Most of the class of thirty engines were identical (quite a feat for the LB&SCR!) although two, Farncombe and Nutbourne were subsequently fitted with different boilers made with three rings, with the safety valves on the dome, in place of the original two rings. In later years these two odd boilers were fitted to Nº399 and Nº587. One locomotive, Nº591 Tillington, worked the Grand Vitesse van trains from London Bridge to Newhaven for many years and was also the last engine to wear the yellow Brighton livery, keeping it until 1917. Of the thirty original E5s, all bar two lasted into British Railways ownership.
 
As with so many locomotives in the early BR days, E5 Nº32588 has her old owner's name and her new owner's number!

photograph: A J Wills Photographic Collection

32588
 
The E5s were capable of fast, steady running and one regular turn was the "Managing Directors' Train", so called from its arrival time at London Bridge of 10:48 am. Another long-forgotten E5 turn was the morning train from Chichester to Victoria via Midhurst and Pulborough. Rumour has it that this train was run expressly to please the influential inhabitants of Cowdray Park and Petworth House!
 
32405 One of the two final members of the class to be built, and during her last year in service, Nº32405 seen on shed at Redhill on 24th February 1951. Note the use of a loco headlamp, probably due to a shortage of head signal discs.

photograph by Les Darbyshire

 
During 1906 some of the engines were modified by Marsh to 2-4-2T by the simple means of removing the front coupling rods but there was nothing to be gained from this and the coupling rods were replaced in 1909. Then, in 1911, four of the class were fitted with Marsh's C3 boilers, with 170 lb pressure, which were then re-classified as E5x
 
E5x Nº32586. The larger boiler has the effect not of this seeming bigger than on the E5 but more of making the E5x cab seem smaller than that on the E5! Note also the smokebox that is now extended forward and sits on a saddle.

photograph: Mike Morant collection

32586
 
32401 E5x Nº32401 was one of the Brighton locos that was fitted with a two ring, double domed boiler.

photograph: Mike Morant collection

 

Technical Details

  • Introduced: May 1911
  • Driving Wheel: 5 ft 6 ins
  • Total Weight: 60 tons 0 cwt
  • Water Capacity: 1,665 gals
  • Coal Capacity: 3 tons 10 cwt
  • Cylinders (2): 18 in x 26 in)
  • Boiler Pressure: E5: 160 lb sq in, E5x: 170 lb sq in
  • Tractive Effort: E5: 17,355 lb, E5x: 18,440 lb
 
LBSC Nº Name SR Nº # BR Nº Built Rebuilt as E5x Withdrawn
567
568
569 §
570 §
571 §
572
573
574
575
576
583 §
584
585 §
586 §
587 §
588
589 §
590 §
591
592
593 §
594
399 §
400
401
402 §
403
404 §
405
406
Freshwater
Carisbrook
Kensington
Armington
Hickstead
Farncombe
Nutbourne
Copthorne
Westergate
Brenchley
Handcombe
Lordington
Crowborough
Maplehurst
Brighton
Hawkenbury
Ambersham
Lodsworth
Tillington
Eastergate
Hollington
Shortbridge
Middleton
Winchelsea
Woldingham
Wanborough
Fordcombe
Hardham
Fernhurst
Colworth
2567
2568
2569
2570
2571
2572
2573
2574
2575
2576
2583
2584
2585
2586
2587
2588
2589
2590
2591
2592
2593
2594
2399
2400
2401
2402
2403
2404
2405
2406
32567 º
32568
-
32570
32571
32572 º
32573
32574
32575
32576
32583
32584
32585
32586
32587
32588
32589 º
32590
32591
32592
32593
32594
32399
32400
32401
32402
-
32404
32405
32406
Nov 1902
Dec 1902
Dec 1902
Dec 1902
Jan 1903
Jan 1903
Feb 1903
Mar 1903
Apr 1903
Apr 1903
Nov 1903
Nov 1903
Dec 1903
Dec 1903
Dec 1903
Dec 1903
Mar 1904
Apr 1904
Apr 1904
Apr 1904
May 1904
Jun 1904
Jul 1904
Jul 1904
Jul 1904
Sep 1904
Oct 1904
Oct 1904
Nov 1904
Nov 1904
-
-
-
Mar 1911
-
-
-
-
-
Jul 1911
-
-
-
Jan 1911
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
May 1911
-
-
-
-
-
Nov 1949
Feb 1955
May 1936
Jan 1956
Jan 1956
Feb 1949
Jul 1953
Jun 1951
Nov 1951
Jul 1955
Jan 1956
Jan 1951
May 1954
Mar 1955
Oct 1954
Dec 1953
Jan 1949
Aug 1951
Nov 1954
Apr 1953
Jan 1956
Feb 1951
Jun 1953
Dec 1951
Jul 1954
Feb 1951
Aug 1944
Sep 1951
Nov 1951
Aug 1951
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 Between 1906 and 1909 ran as 2-4-2T
 Between 1923 and 1928 Southern numbers were LB&SCR numbers with the prefix B
 Locomotive didn't carry the British Railways number

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