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Maunsell V "Schools" class 4-4-0

Although mostly associated with eastern section services ten were, until electrification, assigned to Fratton for use on Waterloo to Portsmouth services. On this winding and hilly route they provided excellent and spirited service. They were then transferred to Bournemouth Central depot and it is on Waterloo to Bournemouth runs they were able to show repeatedly what they were really capable of. The Schools class was both popular and legendary amongst their crews. First withdrawals were in 1961 and the whole class had been withdrawn indecently early by the end of 1962. Fortunately three members of this distinguished class have been preserved. 30926 Repton has recently been overhauled at the North York Moors Railway, 925 Cheltenham and 928 Stowe are on static display, the former at the National Railway Museum and the latter at the Bluebell Railway. Stowe was purchased from Lord Montagu by the Maunsell Locomotive Society.

 
926 Nº926's valve gear....

video capture by Richard Sheppard

 
....and name plate.

video capture by Richard Sheppard

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926 The frames and cab sides of Repton are pictured whilst undergoing overhaul on the NYMR during Summer 2000.

photograph by Jonathan Hall

 
Nº926 Repton on display at Steamtown Bellows Falls Vermont Sunday 30th June 1968. The M7 can just be seen on the rear.

photograph by Mike Watts

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Repton Repatriated to the UK, Repton is now based on the North York Moors Railway where she was photographed in her BR livery as Nº30926 on 15th May 2002.

photograph by Peter Richards

 
Schools class Nº928 Stowe and Pullman coaches on display at the Montagu Museum Beaulieu August 1968.

photograph by Mike Morant

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928 The Southern Railway number plate on Stowe, photographed at Sheffield Park, 21st July 2001.

photograph by Colin Duff

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