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Lo­co­mo­tive: USATC ‘S160’ 2-8-0

Gauge: ‘OO’

Pro­posed by: G.L.C. Glock

What is it?

Was any lo­co­mo­tive spread across the globe as much as the USA Trans­porta­tion Corps ‘S160’ 2-8-0? Three man­u­fac­tur­ers turned out

2,120 be­tween 1942 and 1945, and the fi­nal world­wide dis­tri­bu­tion ended up be­ing some­thing like this: Aus­tria (30), Greece (27), Turkey (50), Yu­goslavia (66), Hun­gary (510), Cze­choslo­vakia (80), Poland (575), South Korea (101), China (40), Tu­nisia (6), Al­ge­ria (25), Morocco (4), Italy (249), In­dia (60), Rus­sia (200, although some later ended up in North Korea), USA (14), Spain (5) and Jamaica (2).

Bri­tain ended up with just one ‘S160’: 3257 was re­turned from France in July 1946 and moved to Long­moor Mil­i­tary Rail­way as No. 700 Ma­jor Gen­eral Carl R. Gray. It was scrapped in 1957.

The US Army up­dated the Great War-era ‘Per­sh­ing’ 2-8-0s in the 1930s to the ‘S159‘ class. With the US drawn into the war, Ma­jor J.W. Marsh of the USA Corps of En­gi­neers tweaked the ‘S159’ to fit the UK load­ing gauge and this be­came ‘S160’.

What would make it vi­able?

So why pro­pose it as a ‘OO’ gauge model?

Well, be­cause some 402 ‘S160s’ were used on the ‘Big Four’ dur­ing the war and PAULNICHOL­S/ALAMY hun­dreds more went into store in Bri­tain be­fore they were shipped to the Con­ti­nent af­ter D-day. Any Sec­ond World War LNER, GWR and South­ern lay­out would need an ‘S160’.

You might think that ‘S160s’ were ei­ther black or grey with USATC let­ter­ing. Tra­di­tion­ally, this might have been the case but post-war Bri­tain has featured ‘S160s’ in a va­ri­ety of colours.

Ma­jor Gen­eral Carl R. Gray re­ceived Long­moor Mil­i­tary Rail­way blue, some­thing that the Mid-hants Rail­way re­vived for ex-greek No. 3278 in the 1990s (above). The Keigh­ley & Worth Valley Rail­way briefly turned out its ‘Big Jim’ (No. 5820) in BR un­lined black with ‘cy­cling lion’ em­blem and the num­ber ‘95820’ (be­low) while No. 2253 is to carry USATC let­ter­ing on Cana­dian Pa­cific style crim­son when it en­ters ser­vice at the Dart­mouth Steam Rail­way (top).

Can I see a real one?

There are eight ‘S160s’ in the UK: Nos. 5820 (Keigh­ley & Worth Valley Rail­way), 6046 and 5197 (Chur­net Valley Rail­way), 3278 (Ty­se­ley Lo­co­mo­tive Works), 1631 (Great Cen­tral Rail­way–not­ting­ham, along with two other ex-hun­gar­ian ‘S160s’), 2253 (Dart­mouth Steam Rail­way).

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