‘USA’ of the month

Another month, another ex­clu­sive ‘USA’ model to con­sider. Or­der yours to­day.

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MR-111 ‘USA’ 0-6-0T No. S73 Bri­tish Rail­ways un­lined black

This short-lived colour scheme bridges the gap be­tween the post-war South­ern Rail­way and the early days of Bri­tish Rail­ways. South­ern Rail­way No. 73 re­tained its num­ber but with an ‘S’ pre­fix to de­note ‘South­ern Re­gion’. Bulleid ‘sun­shine’ green and yel­low let­ter­ing was ap­plied only to the tank sides, and spelt out ‘Bri­tish Rail­ways’ rather than sim­ply ‘South­ern’. The colour scheme was re­placed by its new num­ber, 30073, and BR’S ‘cy­cling lion’ em­blem in 1951. No. 30073 would be­come one of the most pop­u­lar ‘USAS’. It was the first of the class to un­dergo al­ter­ation in March 1948 when it was fit­ted with a mod­i­fied bunker and reg­u­la­tor ‘to the re­quire­ment of the Docks and Marine Depart­ment’. It re­mained at Southamp­ton un­til June 1963 when it was trans­ferred to

Eastleigh be­fore be­ing with­drawn in Jan­uary 1967 and sold to Cash­more’s of New­port. It was also the most pop­u­lar lo­co­mo­tive of the fleet to take part in spe­cial work­ings, par­tic­i­pat­ing in eight be­tween 1960-66.

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