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Marsh I2 Class 4-4-2T

15

photograph: Dave Searle collection

Nº15 in LB&SCR livery on Royal train.

 
Marsh followed up his not-at-all-successful I1 class of 1906 with another lack-lustre product, the I2 class 4-4-2T in 1907. The first was Nº11, following on sequentially from the last of the I1 numbers, which had very similar dimensions as the twenty predecessors but with a boiler diameter increased from 4' 3" to 4' 6" and an extended smokebox mounted on a saddle. The performance of the engines, though, was far below expectations which led to a short life with the first two withdrawn by the Southern Railway in 1933 without any attempt at the re-building which had been so successful with the I1 class. All were withdrawn by 1939, although two, Nº13 withdrawn in 1939 and Nº19 withdrawn in 1937, had a further life after withdrawal when they were placed over running-shed pits at Bournemouth, sand-bagged and used as air raid shelters. Then in 1942 fate smiled more kindly on them and they were purchased by the Government to work passenger trains on the Longmoor Military Railway. First numbered as 2400 and 2401, they became 72400 and 72401 from 1944.
 
19 Nº19, which went on to have a second lease of life on the Longmoor Military Railway. Note the clerestoried roof (or louvre-deck) which was not for letting light in but for ventilation. This was also a feature on the I1, the I3 and the I4 classes.

photograph: Dave Searle collection

 

Technical Details

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1907
5 ft 6 ins
4 ft
67 tons (Approx)
17½ in x 26 in
170 lb sq in
2,238 galls
17,430 lbs
 
LBSC Nº SR Nº # Built Withdrawn
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
Dec 1907
Mar 1908
Apr 1908
Apr 1908
May 1908
Jun 1908
Jul 1908
Jul 1908
Jul 1908
Aug 1908
Jan 1933
Mar 1935
Jan 1939 *
Feb 1933
Jan 1936
Sep 1933
Jan 1938
Apr 1936
Nov 1937 *
Feb 1936
# Between 1923 and 1928 SR numbers were the LBSC numbers with the added prefix 'B'
* Sold to Longmoor Military Railway as their Nº2400
* Sold to Longmoor Military Railway as their Nº2401

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