LB&SCR B1 Class 0-4-2

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The London, Brighton and South Coast Railway B1 Class is a class of 0-4-2 express passenger steam locomotives, known from the name of the first, No. 214, as the "Gladstones".

They were the last express passenger design of William Stroudley, thirty-six being turned out from Brighton railway works between 1882 and 1891. All were named after politicians or men associated with the railway. Twenty-six passed to the Southern Railway in 1923 and the last (No. 172) was withdrawn in 1933.[1]

The first of the class, 214 Gladstone, was preserved as a static exhibit thanks to the efforts of the Stephenson Locomotive Society and is normally on display in the National Railway Museum, York.


  1. Bradley, D. L. (1972). The Locomotives of the London Brighton & South Coast Railway, part 2. London: Railway Correspondence and Travel Society. 

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