Return of the Q
Good to see the Q back
In my opinion the Q class is one of the more humble of Maunsell’s career. It was designed to replace elderly 0-6-0 locomotives, from which it was only a little more advanced. The Q class was of a similar ilk to Fowler’s 0-6-0 design for the Midland railway of 1924 (being a bit more powerful and with slightly smaller wheels) and was rated similarly as 4F. The class was Maunsell’s last design and did not appear until Bulleid had taken over the job of Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Southern Railway.
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