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South Staffordshire Railway & its Locomotives

by Greg Martin

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The first part of the South Staffordshire Railway was opened on the 1st of November 1847 between Bescot Junction and Walsall.  Trains were operated between Birmingham and Walsall over this line by the London & North Western Railway (LNWR).

An extension of the line from Walsall to Winchnor Junction (Birmingham & Derby Railway) was opened on the 9th of April 1849.  This led to the South Staffordshire company operating its own line, with running powers to Birmingham over the LNWR.

Another extension, from Walsall to Dudley, was opened on the 8th of May 1850.  From the 1st of August 1850 the line was leased to Mr J R Maclean, who took charge of both the locomotives and rolling stock from that date.

An agreement of February 1858 led to the LNWR again operating the line.  In connection with this the LNWR agreed to buy the South Staffordshire Railway company's stock of 23 steam locomotives for 49,486.  They also agreed to accept delivery of the six engines which at the time the SSR had on order from messers. Fairbairn.  

South Staffordshire Railway Steam Locomotives

SSR Number

Locomotive Name

Later LNWR SD Number

1

Dudley

297

2

Walsall

298

3

Wednesbury

299

4

Lichfield

300

Wheel Arrangement: 2-2-2
Driving Wheels: 5' 9?
Leading Wheels: 3' 6?
Trailing Wheels: 3'6?
Cylinder Diameter: 15?
Builder: messers. Fairbairn


SSR Number

Locomotive Name

Later LNWR SD Number

5

Burton

53

6

Stafford

84

7

Bescot

116

Wheel Arrangement: 2-2-2
Driving Wheels: 5' 6?
Builder: messers. Sharp

 

SSR Number

Locomotive Name

Later LNWR SD Number

8

Birmingham

307

9

Wolverhampton

308

Wheel Arrangement: 0-6-0 (long boiler)
Cylinder Diameter: 18?
Builder: messers. Fairbairn


 

SSR Number

Locomotive Name

Later LNWR SD Number

10

Belvidere

-scrapped by SSR-

11

Angerstein

321

Wheel Arrangement: 0-6-0 (long boiler)
Cylinder Diameter: 16?
Builder: messers. Garforth

 

SSR Number

Locomotive Name

Later LNWR SD Number

12

Pelsall

309

13

Alrewas

310

Wheel Arrangement: 0-6-0 (long boiler)
Cylinder Diameter: 18?
Builder: messers. Stephenson  

 

SSR Number

Locomotive Name

Later LNWR SD Number

14

Sylph

111

15

Safety

112

Wheel Arrangement: 0-4-0T
Driving Wheels: 5' 0?
Builder: messers. Sharp Bros

 

SSR Number

Locomotive Name

Later LNWR SD Number

16

Viper

301

17

Stag

302

Wheel Arrangement: 0-6-0
Cylinder Diameter: 16?
Builder: messers. E B Wilson and Co

 

SSR Number

Locomotive Name

Later LNWR SD Number

18

Esk

160

19

Justin

181

Wheel Arrangement: 2-4-0
Driving Wheels: 6' 6?
Leading Wheels: 4' 0?
Cylinder Diameter: 16?
Builder: messers. E B Wilson and Co

 

SSR Number

Locomotive Name

Later LNWR SD Number

20

Priam

303

21

Ajax

306

Cylinder Diameter: 17?
Builder: messers. C Tayleur and Co

 

SSR Number

Locomotive Name

Later LNWR SD Number

22

Bilston

304

23

Derby

163

Cylinder Diameter: 16?
Builder: messers. Beyer, Peacock and Co

 

SSR Number

Locomotive Name

Later LNWR SD Number

24

Cannock

311

25

Bloxwich

312

26

McConnell

313

27

Vauxhall

314

28

Aston

315

29

Tipton

316

Wheel Arrangement: 0-6-0 (long boiler)
Driving Wheels: 5' 0?
Cylinder Diameter: 18?
Builder: messers. Fairbairn

 

     
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