SR Class V
The Southern Railway Class V or Schools Class is a class of steam locomotive. It represents the ultimate development of the British 4-4-0 type. All 40 of the class were named after prominent English public schools.
The locomotives were designed by Richard Maunsell, and influenced by his existing design for the SR Lord Nelson Class of 4-6-0 express passenger locomotives, using many of the same parts, but producing a smaller engine. The cab was specifically designed to fit the restricted gauge on the Hastings line. The fastest recorded speed for these locomotives was 95 mph achieved by Repton in 1938, pulling four coaches. Together with tender, the locomotive weighs 110 tons. It 13 ft high, 59 ft long, 8ft 6 in wide. Driving wheels diameter is 6 ft 7 inches, cylinder diameter 16.5 inches and stroke 26 inches. It carries 4000 gallons of water and 5 tons of coal and produces 25,000 lbf of tractive effort, at 85% boiler pressure.
Three have been preserved.
Engine 928 Stowe was built in 1934 at a cost of £5,000 by the Eastleigh locomotive works of the Southern Railway. It recorded more than 1 million miles of passenger service operation during 38 years of Southern main line use. It was purchased from British Railways for the National Motor Museum when it was assigned to be scrapped in 1962. It was moved to the East Somerset Railway, and then to the Bluebell Railway, where it was put into running order. It was purchased from the motor museum by the Maunsell Locomotive Society, who intend to comprehensively rebuild the locomotive.
Engine 926, Repton, is owned by the NYMR. It was completed in May 1934 and entered service on the Bournemouth route, with some time operating between Waterloo and Portsmouth before that line was electrified. It was one of the last engines to be overhauled by British Rail in 1960, so was considered a good choice for preservation. In December 1963 the engines were withdrawn from service, and in 1966 it was purchased and overhauled at Eastleigh, before moving to the USA. It was donated by the purchaser to Steamtown in Vermont. Steamtown loaned the engine to the Cape Breton Steam Railway in Canada, where it operated a regular passenger service. In 1989 it was sold again, and returned to the UK to the NYMR, where it was again overhauled and found to be in good condition. It now runs on the NYMR.
List of engines and their names
Engine 923 was originally named Uppingham, but the name was changed following objections from the school. The nameplate from 908 Westminster is now displayed in the science block of that school.
The nameplate from 937 "Epsom" Is now displayed in the main hall of the main building of Epsom College,the school that it served, along with various other memorabilia. 
|Locomotives of the Southern Railway|
|Maunsell:||H15 - Lord Nelson - N15 (King Arthur) - N15X - Q - V (Schools) - U - U1 - W - Z|
|Bulleid:||Leader - Merchant Navy - Q1 - USA - West Country/Battle of Britain|