Reviving Stroudley’s ‘Improved Engine Green’ for a new Collector Club exclusive model.
A slightly grubby 32635 rests at Brighton Works, awaiting its next turn of duty. © Colour-Rail
Good morning to you all and welcome to this special edition of Engine Shed.
In what has turned out to be busy month, we began July with a special edition of Engine Shed, and the announcement of a new model, so it is entirely fitting that we close out this #Hornby100 social media themed month with another special edition of the blog, this time to announce the release of the next Collector Club exclusive model.
R3849: 0-6-0T ‘Terrier’, 32635 ‘Brighton Works’
No. 35 Morden entered service at New Cross on 1 June 1878, one of the first six of Stroudley’s ‘Terriers’ to be fitted with Westinghouse brakes, but as the number of tank locomotives available for traffic in the capital increased over the next ten years Morden was transferred out to West Croydon, where it was one of a pair of Terriers regularly employed on the Wimbledon branch line.
No.35 Morden in original condition before losing its condensing gear and gaining 14” cylinders, probably at West Croydon, circa 1890. © Rail Archive Stephenson
Between 1905-06, the LB&SCR drew up a withdrawal programme for the Terrier fleet, but which 35 Morden escaped as the locomotive was experimentally fitted with motor gear for push/pull services. Duplicate listed by the LB&SCR in November 1908, Morden was renumbered to 635 and was reallocated to Bognor until 1916, when the locomotive was sent back to Croydon. In April 1922, 635 Morden was rebuilt as an A1X Terrier and by the time that the locomotive was absorbed into the Southern Railway fleet in January 1923, numbered as B635, Morden had covered 1,053,697 miles in traffic.
Morden was the first of the surviving Terriers to be renumbered in the ‘2000’ range by the Southern Railway under its 1931 renumbering scheme, and is seen here at Fratton Shed, circa 1939. © A.W. Croughton/Rail Archive Stephenson
Service with the SR meant both a change of livery and location for B635 Morden and with full SR Passenger Green replacing ‘Improved Engine Green’, the locomotive headed to Fratton Shed for service on the Hayling Island branch, where it remained until January 1942. During this period there were a couple of changes of scenery for Morden, as the locomotive was sent to the Cordite Factory at Holton Heath, near Hamble for the summer periods of 1936 and 1937, during which time Morden, now numbered as 2635, came under the care of Bournemouth Central.
2635 Morden in its element, hauling a two-coach train on the Hayling Island branch near Langstone during 1939. © C.R.L. Coles/Rail Archive Stephenson
Morden’s war service was first undertaken at Shell’s Oil Depot, also in Hamble, the locomotive moving there in January 1942 but by the end of the year Morden was moved to Bournemouth Shed, where due to a shortage of the usual Adams Dock tanks used for the task, the Terrier took over Shed Pilot duties. In August 1946, possibly because it was the nearest Shed Pilot to Brighton, 2635 Morden was moved to the Works there to replace Terrier 380S, being immediately renumbered as 377S and having the side tanks inscribed with ‘Loco Works Brighton’. A year later, and with spare ‘Stroudley Improved Engine Green’ in stock following the restoration of 380S into Boxhill for the Southern Railway’s museum collection, 377S received a complete Stroudley makeover at Brighton, followed by a trip to Lancing Works for the final application of top coat and varnish, plus the addition of a locally made copper cap to the cast iron chimney. The Terrier re-emerged into the limelight as 377S Brighton Works in early June 1947 and immediately went on show to the public.
Showing the full effect of colour filtration on Black & White film, 377S Brighton Works’ Improved Engine Green is rendered much darker in this 1947 Brighton Works photograph. © Wilfred Beckerlegge/Rail Archive Stephenson
377S at Brighton Works on 22 September 1947, shortly after being put on public display at the Lancing Works Flower Show on the 7th September. © J.M. Jarvis/OnLine Transport Archive/ Rail Archive Stephenson
Three days later, on 25 September 1947, 377S is back on Shed duties at Brighton Works, at a time when the Works was busy constructing the first batch of Bulleid Light Pacifics. © O.J. Morris/Rail Archive Stephenson
With the nationalisation of the railways in January 1948, it was feared that the new British Railways would enforce their numbering and black livery scheme on 377S Brighton Works and when the Lancing Works Terrier, 680S, was repainted plan black and renumbered into the DS series, Brighton feared the worse for their showpiece shunter.
377S Brighton Works stands in front of the new Bullied/Raworth electric locomotive 20003 at Brighton Shed in December 1948. © A.W. Croughton/Rail Archive Stephenson
The above three photographs show 377S Brighton Works busying itself in and around Brighton Works and the station.
In October 1951, 377S Brighton Works required extensive boiler repairs but to the relief of all concerned at Brighton, their Terrier emerged with its Stroudley livery intact, as it did two years later in August 1953. By this time the livery was beginning to look tired and so Brighton Works was sent to Lancing for repaint on the 2nd September, but with the original mix long gone, the new livery was a shade greener than previously; less ‘Improved Engine Green’ and more ‘Not Quite Engine Green’.
The striking livery made 377S Brighton Works one of BR(S)’s celebrity locomotives and over the next few years the Terrier made several public appearances, notably in hauling the Caterham Railway Company’s ‘Caterham Centenarian’ between Purley and Caterham on 6 August 1956 and the LCGB 'Rother Valley Ltd' rail tour on 19 October 1958. Having finally been renumbered to DS377 on 17 February 1958, on 12 January 1959 Brighton Works was transferred from Service Stock to the Motive Power Department at Brighton and received a British Railways’ number of 32635 but retained its Stroudley livery.
32635 Brighton Works is mobbed at Caterham Station on 6 August 1956, before heading back to Purley with the return leg of the ‘Caterham Centenarian’ using Birdcage Set 580. © M.J Reade/Colour-Rail
Running briefly as DS377, Brighton Works is seen here at Robertsbridge with the Locomotive Club of Great Britain’s 'Rother Valley Ltd' rail tour on 19 October 1958. © C.R.L. Coles/Rail Archive Stephenson
And in this picture, DS377 is seen at Northiam, during the same ‘Rother Valley Ltd’ rail tour on 19 October 1958. © C.R.L. Coles/Rail Archive Stephenson
32635’s final public appearance came on 7 October 1961, as the Terrier was exhibited in Steyning Station’s Goods Yard as part of the Steyning Line’s Centennial celebrations, but with spare parts in ever greater need, and becoming even scarcer to locate, from January 1963 32635 Brighton Works was stripped of parts for the restoration of DS680 which was destined for preservation in Canada as Waddon. On 30th March that year, 32635 Brighton Works was towed to Eastleigh where the locomotive, sadly, was scrapped.
Following on from the release of R3648, Bluebell Railway’s Wainwright H Class No.263, the next Collector Club exclusive model to be released is R3849 32635 Brighton Works, the 0-6-0T Terrier being part of the new tooling range of Terriers announced in 2019 and the release portrays the locomotive in the livery carried between January 1959 to January 1963. The run is limited to 500 units and will be sold exclusively through Hornby’s website and only to members of the Hornby Collector Club (details of which can be found here).
Club membership is available from £28 per year and includes four copies of the highly regarded club magazine, 'The Collector', a 'Collector 2020' pin badge, a personalised VIP Membership Reward Card, an exclusive complimentary 0-4-0 Club locomotive and the opportunity to purchase exclusive Club member models. In addition, from 10 July 2020, all renewing or joining members will receive a Collector Club lanyard and badge holder with their welcome pack, ideal for storage of the VIP Card. Collector Club Members can also visit the Hornby Visitor Centre free of charge upon presentation of their Membership card.
That concludes this final Engine Shed for July, the next regular edition of the Engine Shed will be with you on the 14th August where we hope to be in a position to update you on progress with the new tooled items from the 2020 range, as well as unveiling livery artwork and some engineering and decoration samples, but in the meantime we would like to remind everyone of the ‘Golden Ticket’ promotion that we have running.
As part of our Centenary celebrations, we have placed ten ‘Golden Tickets’ in various Centenary product boxes (Dublo Diecast Vehicle Collection excluded). Nine of the Golden Tickets are for a cash value of up to £500 (to be redeemed on the Hornby website), but the tenth ticket is for a special trip, for two, on a Belmond Pullman Experience (date to be confirmed, due to disruptions caused by the Covid-19 situation). To be in with a chance of winning a lucky Golden Ticket and receiving one of these fantastic prizes you will need to check within your Centenary product box.
In the meantime, to prevent any chance of boredom during the school reduced timetable period and holidays, we have created the Hornby Kids’ Zone to keep your young railway enthusiasts (and some older enthusiasts as well, if some of the entries are anything to go by) out of mischief.
Just because the July #Hornby100 social media theme has come to end, it does not mean that we no longer want to hear from you; indeed, if you have memories of Hornby that you would like to share, photographs of your Centenary collection items or #Hornby100 themed cakes, or to let us know who encouraged you into the hobby, we would still love to hear from you and see your input on our social media channels
Best wishes to you all, stay safe and healthy.
The Engine Shed team
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