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London, Brighton & South Coast Craven Standard Goods
Great Britain | 1863 | 19 produced
No. 211
No. 211
collection Dave Searle

In the early 1860s, John Chester Craven developed a standard heavy freight train type that was to be built in larger numbers with only minor variations. These were six-coupled machines with outer and inner frames, internal cylinders and Stephenson valve gear. They were manufactured at LB&SCR's Brighton works.

Fifteen examples were built between 1863 and 1867, with cylinders measuring 16 by 24 inches and a wheel diameter of five feet. The running numbers were between 157 and 221 with gaps. In 1867 four more examples were built with the numbers 224 to 227. The diameters of the cylinders and the coupled wheels had each been increased by an inch.

Locomotive Magazine, October 1897

There were some differences in the locomotives between the individual production lots, which mainly affected the boiler. It was observed that the firebox gradually got larger in area, while the tube heating area decreased. Most engines were retired between 1893 and 1895, only number 225 survived until 1901.

VariantNo. 168, 169No. 224-227
Axle config0-6-0 (Six-coupled) 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length loco24 ft 1 1/2 in24 ft 9 in
Total wheelbase15 ft 9 in15 ft 11 in
Service weight75,712 lbs88,032 lbs
Adhesive weight75,712 lbs88,032 lbs
Axle load32,256 lbs31,584 lbs
Fuel capacitycoal
Power sourcesteam
Starting effort11,315 lbf12,564 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter60 in61 in
Boiler pressure130 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 16 x 24 intwo, 17 x 24 in
Firebox area86 sq ft106 sq ft
Tube heating area1,187 sq ft870 sq ft
Evaporative heating area1,273 sq ft976 sq ft
Total heating area1,273 sq ft976 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
John Chester Craven
last changed: 07/2022

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