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Stroudley "G" Class Single 2-2-2

The first two locomotives of this class were originally classified as Class B and Class F, but were subsequently included in Class G, so we have followed suit here, especially as Class F was later ascribed to the solitary West Brighton 0-6-2T!

The first locomotive was Nº151 Grosvenor, a 2-2-2 with inside frames and cylinders and which was described by Burtt as being the first real express engine to be built by Stroudley. The driving wheels were of 6' 9" diameter whilst the leading and trailing wheels were the same as those of his Class D/D1. The two cylinders were 17" x 24". Outshopped in December 1874, Grosvenor was at first paired with an old Craven tender, then an outside framed one from a class C goods before finally being equipped with a new build tender of her own, which also utilized the D/D1 wheels!

 
G Class

photograph: Mike Morant collection

Originally Class B, later Class G, Grosvenor, photographed on the down side of East Croydon station.
 
Grosvenor was used until May 1907, frequently on the fast Portsmouth service or the Newhaven boat trains, at which time she was sold to the Italian State Railway having covered some 1,048,090 miles.

The second engine was Nº325 Abergavenny of 1876. entering service in 1877 she was a smaller engine than Grosvenor equipped with 6' 6" driving wheels and 16" x 22" cylinders. She also had three tenders, gaining the final Stroudley one in 1885

 
Nº332 Shanklin at Eastbourne Roundhouse.

photograph: Dave Searle collection

G Class
 
In 1880 Stroudley brought out the Class G proper, a locomotive that was very similar to Nº325, building some 24 of them for use on the lighter Portsmouth services and the Brighton Pullman Limited. They aquitted themselves well in these rôles, indeed some judged them to be better than some of the larger engines that succeeded them! Shortly after their introduction Grosvenor and Abergavenny were officially re-classified as Class G, despite their differences. Locomotive Nº329 Stephenson took part in the Stephenson Centenary procession of locomotives at Wylam in 1881. Two others, 335 and 336, were sold to the Italians along with Grosvenor in May 1907.
 
G Class Nº349 Albany at Eastbourne ready for the Station Masters & Inspectors Special excursion.

photograph: Dave Searle collection

 
This old postcard picture from around 1900 shows Nº344 Hurstmonceux at an unspecified location.

photograph: Derek Creasey collection

G Class
 
Number Name Built Renumbered Withdrawn
151 Grosvenor Dec 1874 326 May 1907 *
325 Abergavenny Dec 1876 * - Jun 1909
327 Imberhorne Dec 1880 - Apr 1910
328 Sutherland Feb 1881 - Apr 1908
329 Stephenson May 1881 329A May 1914
330 Newhaven Jun 1881 - Nov 1908
331 Fairlight Jul 1881 - Feb 1909
332 Shanklin Jul 1881 - Mar 1910
334 Petworth Jul 1881 - Nov 1908
333 Ventnor Aug 1881 - Nov 1908
335 Connaught Oct 1881 - May 1907 *
336 Edinburgh Oct 1881 - May 1907 *
337 Yarmouth Oct 1881 - Jun 1908
338 Bembridge Nov 1881 - Jul 1908
339 London Dec 1881 - Nov 1908
340 Medina Dec 1881 - Dec 1881
341 Parkhurst Jan 1882 - Jun 1907
342 St Lawrence Jan 1882 - Jan 1911
343 Wilmington Jan 1882 - Jun 1907
344 Hurstmonceux Jan 1882 - Nov 1908
345 Plumpton Mar 1882 - Jan 1911
346 Alfriston Apr 1882 - Nov 1908
347 Dallington Apr 1882 - Jun 1908
348 Lullington Apr 1882 - Jul 1908
349 Albany May 1882 - Mar 1910
350 Southbourne May 1882 - Jul 1908

* Did not enter service until 1877
* Sold to Italian State Railway

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