With a ‘full set’ of Stroudley and R J Billinton goods E class locos, the time has come to complete the collection with a L B Billinton E2. The first batch of E2’s weren’t built until 1913, a little after my chosen period for Plumpton Green, but no worse than my Panter goods brakes and large lettered LBSCR wagons. The first of the class was no 100, but I already have E1 ‘Calvados’ as no 100, so I have chosen to build no 102 (photo right).
These were not particularly successful locos, suffering from lack of coal and water capacity which was too small for the intended workings of these engines. They were built to replace the ageing Stroudley E1’s but were not really up to the task, and so were rapidly downgraded to secondary shunting duties.
This engine will be used as the demonstration example on scratchbuilding a steam loco. This can be found here, and will be periodically updated as construction progresses.
To be continued.