Graham Farish 372-936 SR 1860 N Class 2-6-0 Mogul SR Black Sunshine Lettering N
Expected Spring 2021
Richard Maunsell took over the post of chief mechanical engineer of the South Eastern & Chatham company in 1913 and set about modernising the companys' steam locomotive fleet. The 2-6-0 mogul type locomotive allowed a larger boiler to be carried that could be fitted to a 0-6-0 'standard' goods engine, while the leading truck provided a steering action, guiding the rigid driving wheels into curves. Following the lead of G J Churchward on the GWR Maunsell specified modern, efficient piston valves and the squarer Belpaire style firebox. The result was a modern and efficient locomotive which served across the Southern Railway system until the end of mainline steam in Britain.
Introduced during WW1 the first N class locomotives were painted in plain 'battleship' grey under SE&CR ownership, probably not being repainting until after the grouping into the Southern Railway in 1923.
Richard Maunsell retired as CME of the Southern Railway in 1937, by which time the Southern had embarked on a programme of electrification as the future answer for rail traction. Unfortunately only one of the N class moguls survives.
Era 3 (grouping). DCC Ready 6 pin decoder required for DCC operation.