Added August 2016
E3 no 165 ex ‘Blatchington’
E4 no 566 ex ‘Durrington’
E4 no 468 ‘Midhurst’
E4X no 478 ex ‘Newick’
E5 no 584 ‘Lordington’
E6 no 410 ‘Chilgrove’
Following William Stroudley’s experiments with modifications to his 0-6-0 tanks in the form of his E1R ‘West Brighton’, his successor Robert Billinton developed a series of 0-6-2 tanks, starting with the goods E3’s. He followed this with the E4 mixed traffic (5ft wheels), E5 passenger tanks (5ft 6” wheels), and finally E6 heavy goods (4ft 6” wheels). Many of the E4, E5 and E6 classes were reboilered with I1 or I2 boilers. Those with the larger I2 boiler had the suffix ‘X’ added as in ‘E4X’.
Building on the success of the E4 radial tanks Billinton ordered a further ten radials in 1902, using the C2 boiler and 5’6” wheels, known as E5’s. These proved to be capable engines with a considerable turn of speed, approaching 70mph with a light load. Altogether 30 were built, with the second batch (including ‘Lordington’) outshopped in 1903 and 1904. In later years they were occasionally used for freight workings.
Lordington was initially shedded at New Cross, and seems to have remained there for much of the period to 1921. By the beginning of the Second World War, Lordington had moved to Horsham shed, and was finally withdrawn in 1951.
My model is scratchbuilt with a fully compensated chassis, similar to my E3, with a Portescap motor driving the centre axle, sidebeams at the front, single central beam at the rear, and perspex radial axlebox. It is seen here shunting a horsebox from the up bay on Plumpton Green.