SECR ‘T’ 0-6-0T

Steam Railway (UK) - - ‘GREAT WAR’ MALLETS -

Be­fore the war: William Kirt­ley de­signed two 0-6-0Ts in 1879 for the Lon­don, Chatham & Dover Rail­way, a con­stituent of the SECR. Clas­si­fied ‘T’, they were fol­lowed by a fur­ther eight, built from 1890-93. These later lo­co­mo­tives were 6in longer than the first two in or­der to in­cor­po­rate a larger cab and West­ing­house air brake equip­ment.

Call-up: All ten were sent to France in 1916 to re­place SECR Wain­wright ‘P’ 0-6-0Ts (see be­low) Boulogne; four were later sent to shunt de­pots

at Rouen.

The­atre of op­er­a­tions: All ten were em­ployed to shunt the mar­shalling yards at Boulogne. How­ever, not all ten were used at the same time and the lo­co­mo­tives were trans­ferred to and from Eng­land.

De­mo­bil­i­sa­tion: All ten ‘Ts’ passed into South­ern Rail­way own­er­ship where they be­came Nos. 1600-09. With­drawals started in 1933 and three be­came BR prop­erty:

Nos. 31602 and 31604 were with­drawn from Read­ing in (1951 and 1950 re­spec­tively, while Mel­don quarry shunter 500S was con­demned in 1949. Sur­vivors: None.


‘T’ No. 31604 at Ste­warts Lane on May 22 1948. This lo­co­mo­tive shunted at Boulogne from spring 1915 un­til 1919 as ROD No. 5604.

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