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Locomotive: USATC ‘S160’ 2-8-0
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).