OO Works is now taking orders for its Drummond D15 Class model, writes Nigel Burkin.
Drummond D15 Class locomotives are an interesting choice for a ready-to-run model – a design dating back to London & South Western Railway (LSWR) days, surviving into BR ownership before being withdrawn in the mid-1950s. Only 10 D15 Class locomotives were built in 1912 at Eastleigh; they were intended for main line expresses on the South Western main line.
The D15 Class is a 4-4-0, a reliable design of locomotive and relatively inexpensive to build, a particularly important point following the poor results from Drummond’s 4-6-0 designs.
It was to be the last locomotive to be designed by Drummond and it was a success, working the LSWR main line from Waterloo through to Bournemouth and latterly, dominating Portsmouth line express trains until electrification in 1937.
From that point, the D15 Class was used on secondary duties including south-coast services such as Brighton-Plymouth trains. Numbered as No. 463-472 by the LSWR, the same numbers were carried in SR ownership. BR renumbered the 10 locomotives by adding 30XXX to their numbers: 30463-30472.
The locomotives were equipped with inside motion, located between the frames, which could be seen in the space between the boiler and frames, resulting in a clean external appearance.
The design appeared austere compared to other locomotive classes, coupled to eight-wheel tenders from new, which gave way in 1923 to a six-wheel Drummond design recovered from other locomotive types. When dressed in LSWR sage green with brown panels and lining, they were very handsome-looking locomotives indeed.
Upon Grouping, the locomotives transferred to the Southern Railway, which finished the locomotives in its attractive olive green with yellow markings together with lining. Some were painted in its minimalist black theme with ‘sunshine’ lettering and numbers, but without lining.
BR, after Nationalisation, painted all 10 locomotives black with limited lining applied to the cab side, splashers and tender.
Standard BR typeface was used for numbering which was applied to the cab side (together with number boards to the smokebox door). The 10 locomotives were all withdrawn in the mid-1950s, with BR No. 30465 being documented as the last to remain in traffic. None survived the cutting torch to see preservation.
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