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My Favourite Class

LBSCR Class H2 Locomotive

Ian Garnham

IAN GARNHAM tells us about his favourite locomotive.

H2 Locomotive

Being born in the frontier town of Watford in Hertfordshire, I can remember from an early age being fascinated by the fire breathing, smoke belching monsters collecting water from the famous Bushey Troughs. These were the Princesses and Duchess class locos, amongst others - not that I was aware of that fact then.

The other thing which I can recall was the sound, smell, and sight of the local brewery nearby - which sealed my lifelong interest in another past time... Before long a move to the south coast beckoned where I was introduced to the Southern Region's green snakes. These were sometimes broken up with what fuelled a lifelong interest in Pullman cars, which appeared in the 6 Pull sets that frequent passed at the bottom of my parents' garden.

H2 Locomotive

Goods trains still made the occasional appearance and when the final death knell was dealt to my beloved steam locos I saw them being frequently dragged to their final destination.

I was labelled by a previous boss as that 'Bloody Southern enthusiast'. it is only fitting that one of my favourite steam locos is the LBSCR Class H2 Brighton Atlantic and at that time if you wanted one in model form you had to build it from a kit. Now we not only have the H2 ready-to-run in two liveries, but also an H1 to drool over.

Bachmann H2 Locomotive

Bachmann's H2 Locomotive in BR livery. Now sadly sold out.

As the last surviving example of this class was disposed of in April 1958 I never got the chance to see one in the flesh, but that did nothing to supress my fascination of was then the last Atlantic still running on British Railways.

Who would have thought back then in the early days of railway preservation that an Atlantic boiler would be found in a warehouse in Essex! The formation of the Brighton Atlantic Group (based at the Bluebell Railway in Sussex) has the aim of constructing a replica of 32424 Beachy Head, complete with some original components including the regulator handle which has been donated.

H2 Locomotive

The restoration under way.

Hopefully the locomotive will be completed and be in service in 2020, which also happens to be the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Bluebell Railway. This will definitely be a sight that I cannot wait to see.

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