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Your top ten steam classes

Discussion in 'Steam Traction' started by mdatkinson92, Dec 20, 2019.

  1. M Palmer

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    No particular order:

    Gresley A4 - 'nuff said
    Urie/Maunsell 4-6-0s (H15, S15, N15/KA) (oh and N15X :p) (ooh and LNs)
    Robinson B3/B7
    U-boats
    Ivatt C1 Atlantic (especially 3279)
    Gresley V2
    Rebuilt Jub/Patriot/Royal Scot
    GWR 28XX/2884
    GWR 43XX/Manor
    Bowen-Cooke Claughton - who doesn't love a bit of lemon!

    I may have cheated a little but bite me! :D

    Edit: I've edited this list 3 times already. This is really hard!
     
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  2. 30854

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    Ooh .... that's a sneakier way than mine of smuggling extra nominations in! :)
     
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    Jamessquared Nat Pres stalwart

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    If we are allowing 43xx / Manor as a single choice, then I think the world is your oyster on the early LCDR! Sondes / Second Sondes class go straight in :)

    Tom
     
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    I'm impressed that its not just a whitewash by express types, I mean there are some been said, but I like there is a lot of love for for mix traffic and freight types as well.
     
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    martin1656 Resident of Nat Pres Friend

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    1 Urie s15, had many a great day on one, first engine to lay the blue print of the modern mixed traffic 4-6-0
    2 West country / BB in both original and rebuilt form, on a good day with good rail head nothing can touch them, but on a bad day, they can be " interesting"
    3 Adams 02, one of my first memories of steam, as a young child, getting off the ferry at Ryde Pier Head,looking through the railings at an engine en route to holiday in Shanklin
    4 Br Standard 4 Mogul First engine I fired
    5 Maunsel Mogul very capable engines, Southern maid of all work,
    6 Urie T 9 again a very capable design that lasted a long time,
    7 Br 9 f Just pure brute power
    8 A4 just a work of art they look fast standing still.
    9 A1 Tornado, because it showed new builds are not just a WIBN and it showed how modern CAD design can improve on a past design, plus it brought a class back from the dead.
    10 Austerity Because in the early days of preservation, often it was one of these that was the only motive power available to many railways.
     
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    Not ranked and I'll probably change my mind and re-edit this before too long!

    1: BR Standard 2 2-6-0
    2: Britannia
    3: Modified Hall
    4: Bulleid Light Pacific (preferably 'unrebuilt')
    5: Princess Royal
    6: King Arthur
    7: A4
    8: Ivatt 4 2-6-0
    9: 4700 (Night Owl)
    10: Thompson B1
     
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    Wainwright H class; And of course in the delightful S.E.C.R. livery, agree Tom?:) It`s like "goodies" to mee! :Happy:

    Knut


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    Nice loco and understand why it's popular, but Southern green for me!
     
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    Today's somewhat random thoughts (tomorrow's would probably be different):-

    GWR 2900 (or perhaps Castle instead)
    Taff Vale 0-6-2T (O1 etc)
    Talyllyn "Dolgoch"
    Early Johnson Midland 4-4-0
    Festiniog single Fairlie "Taliesin"
    GWR Duke
    LNWR Claughton
    GWR 517 0-4-2T
    Pennsylvania S1 6-4-4-6
    GWR Gooch Corsair 4-4-0ST
     
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    from loco types I have seen in action, in no particular order

    SR N15 King Arthur class
    SR T9 4-4-0
    SR 0395 class 0-6-0
    GW Dukedog class 4-4-0
    GW Manor class 4-6-0
    Midland Compound 4-4-0
    LMS Jubilee 4-6-0
    LNER A4 4-6-2
    LNER B17 4-6-0
    Standard Britannia 4-6-2

    An Atlantic, either Ivatt or Marsh, would have been on the list but I never saw one.
     
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    Not long to wait though now!

    Tom
     
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    Well here's my offering in no particular order;
    Any Spam Can- because they are what they are.
    Duchess- look right and can pull the skin off a rice pudding.
    Stanier's 8F - again, looks right and can do what it was designed for.
    N/S15s- no fuss, capable and well put together.
    LBSC Baltic tank-awsome engine for its time.
    Schools - Great design and powerful for its size.
    LBSC Terrier - Pleasing to the eye and suprising power for its size.
    Drummond's T9 - Well proportioned and a very capable and long lived engine.
    LBSC Gladstone - Victorian masterpiece, and again looks right and fulfilled its design criteria.
    488 - Most elegant loco ever built!!!
     
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    488?
     
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  16. M Palmer

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    This thread is really interesting. It was very difficult not to plagiarize other peoples' lists. Also, it is interesting to see how various people have interpreted it. I interpreted it as my top 10 period. If it were the top 10 I've experienced or the top 10 most historically influential designs, my list would be very different. For my part, I know nothing of before circa 1880 or so as it just doesn't interest me (it is all beer-barrels on wheels to me) so my latter list would be suspect.

    Perhaps top 50 would be easier!
     
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    So many designs and we are restricted to 10. Probably for the best, so here goes.

    Du Bousquet 3500/230D
    kkStB 306 class
    N & W Y6b
    LNER A3
    WLLR No 1 and No 2
    NSB Class 49
    SAR GMAM
    LNER A4
    N & W Class J
    P.O. 240.700
     
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    As many other already has mentioned there are so many locomotives to choose between, but I will restrict me to the British ones (I could make a similar list for all other coutries and railway companies in the world I think) Since a big part of my hobby is to make drawings of locomotives I`m mainly focusing of the appearance of the engine(s):)

    I have (tried to) single out 2 engines each from the big four companies and 2 from the BR- era.

    In no particular order.

    LNER:
    -A1 "tornado"
    - P2 (with A4 front end)

    Southern Railway:

    -School class (no doubt:))
    -Lord Nelson class

    GWR:
    -The Castle class
    -class 2800xx

    LMS:
    -Rebuilt Royal Scott class
    - The Duchess

    British Railways:

    -BR class 8 "Duke of Gloucester"
    -BR class 5 (4-6-0)

    Knut:)
     
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    2884
    STD 5
    Britannia
    7F
    King
    Castle
    Ivatt
    U Class
    Pannier
    4F
     
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    Finding difficult to place in any real order but my top 10 would likely be :

    Bulleid Pacific - spam or rebuilt, doesn't matter
    Peppercorn A2
    N15 King Arthur
    Urie/Maunsell S15
    Drummond T9
    Drummond 700 'blackmotor'
    Jubilee
    Standard 4MT 260
    B1
    9F

    And I've only realised that's ten and I have no GWR classes many of which I love too.

    For me this question would be easier to answer in the negative - name ten I'm less fond of....... :)
     
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