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With ref­er­ence to the ar­ti­cle by Richard Foster in SR486, mem­bers of the LSWR ‘0395’ class were never dubbed ‘Il­fra­combe Goods’ – this so­bri­quet was ap­plied to a sim­i­lar class of eight 0‑6‑0s de­signed by W.G. Beat­tie, built by Beyer Pea­cock and de­liv­ered be­tween 1873‑1875 and in 1880.

All eight were in ser­vice on the Il­fra­combe line but, fol­low­ing a cou­ple of de­rail­ments, 0‑6‑0s were gen­er­ally not favoured on pas­sen­ger trains, and were su­per­seded by var­i­ous classes of 4‑4‑0s and widely dis­trib­uted around the sys­tem.

All were with­drawn by 1913, but six were sold to light rail­ways. The last to sur­vive was No. 0324, scrapped by the Shrop­shire & Mont­gomeryshire Rail­way in late 1941… a quite re­mark­able ca­reer. Adrian Nor­ris, Dal­ton‑in‑Fur­ness, Cum­bria

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