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Tue 12 December 2017
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MISC: LBSCR Nº453 CHARLES C MACRAE

E3 Class 0-6-2T Nº453 Charles C Macrae

The first of the E3 class was originally classified as E Class Special and was designed by Stroudley. Numbered 158 and named West Brighton (a previous name for what today is called Hove station) this 0-6-2T entered traffic in December 1891 and was originally allocated to Fratton to work goods traffic along the coast line.

West Brighton proved to be such a success that in 1894 R J Billinton brought out sixteen more, virtually the same, locomotives and classified all seventeen of them as Class E3.

They were virtually all named after Sussex villages although Nº453 Broadbridge was erroneously given the name Charles C Macrae in later years, a mistake that lasted just long enough for the official photograph to be taken. The negative of this photograph, however, was destroyed in 1924.

All of the class, designed as goods engines, performed so well that they were frequently to be found on passenger services which led to Billinton designing the E4 class, an almost identical locomotive but with larger driving wheels.

Acknowledgements: www.semg.org.uk

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