Everyone loves William Stroudley’s cheeky little ‘A1s’ – forever known as ‘Terriers’ – so we thought we’d offer its big sister, the ‘E1’.
Following the success of the ‘Terrier’, Stroudley provided the London Brighton & South Coast Railway with a dedicated passenger version – the ‘D’ 0-4-2T – in 1873, followed by a goods version in 1874. This was the ‘E’, later called ‘E1’.
The 78 locomotives might have looked like a stretched version of the ‘Terrier’ but they carved out a niche as a strong and capable performer. They were less well received when used on passenger trains.
Stroudley’s successors, Robert Billinton and Douglas Marsh left their respective marks on the ‘E1s’, changing boiler designs and making detail changes.
The Southern Railway inherited 62 ‘E1s’. It sold five into industry, modified four for use on the Isle of Wight and turned ten more into ‘E1/R’ 0-6-2Ts to work lines in the West Country.
The ‘E1s’ lasted well into BR days. The last Isle of Wight example, No. 4 Wroxall, was withdrawn in October 1960 while the last ‘E1’ used on the mainland, No. 32694, was not condemned until July 1961. Happily, No. 110, one of the quintet sold into industry, survived into preservation and is now under overhaul at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway where it will return to service as No. 2 Yarmouth in full Southern Railway lined green.
- Two types of boiler
- Three types of chimney
- IoW detail differences
- Key LBSCR detail differences
- Next18 decoder socket
- Sprung buffers
- NEM pockets
- Factory-fitted sound speaker
- Silent/sound-fitted versions
- Museum-quality paint finish
- Smooth & powerful mechanism
- Highly detailed
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DCC Ready models are £164.95. DCC Sound models are £264.95