Motive power for specific lines

Some lines caused problems which extended over ownerships.

Axminster & Lyme Regis branch

This light railway opened on 24 August 1903, and a combination of severe gradients, sharp curvature and light construction caused problems. Only the Adams radial 4-4-2Ts were satisfactory, although the Ivatt 2-6-2Ts were suitable in all respects, except excess weight; these worked the final few years of steam traction. A Beattie 330 class 0-6-0ST No. 131 was used during construction. The LSWR purchased two Terrier class 0-6-0Ts from the LBSCR for £500 each (646=734 and 668=735) and these worked the opening train, but they were under-powered and were replaced from 1907 by O2 class 0-4-4Ts which were over-weight and suffered damage to the frames and to the flanges. In November 1913 the Adams 415 class of 4-4-2T was evaluated and found to be ideal. In 1929 the Southern Railway evaluated the P class 0-6-0T and later the D1 (LBSCR) 0-4-2Ts, but the latter suffered from leaking tanks and strained frames, and the 4-4-2Ts were reinstated. In November 1946 the SR purchased a further 4-4-2T from the EKR and this was numbered 3488. The Western Region attempted to use the 14XX class, but these were unsatifactory. Eventually the Ivatt class 2 2-6-2Ts were found to be acceptable, if somewhat excessive in weight.

Barker, Oswald J. Rly Bylines, 1998, 3, 192-205.

Isle of Wight

Reed, M.J.E..
The Island Terriers: the L.B.&S.C.R. Terrier class on the railways of the Isle of Wight. Kingfisher, 1989.
Ottley 18448: esssentially a picture book

Lickey Incline

Dodds & Son, Holmes Engine & Railway Works, Rotherham

Established by Isaac Dodds where locomotive manufacture began in 1849 and continued to 1868 by which time the firm was in the hands of the official receiver. Seventy locomotives were built. Output went to the South Yorkshire Railway (0-4-2), great India Peninsula Railway, Deeside Railway (0-4-2); Newport, Abergavenny & Hereford Railway (3 0-4-2 in 1854); Isable II Railway in Spain and LBSCR (2-2-2 in 1868). One of the 2-4-0s for the Isabel II Railway was ttested on the Lickey Incline in 1853. Lowe gives details of tests.

Southampton Docks

Cooper, Peter
The B4 dock tanks. Kingfisher Railway Productions, 1988. 40pp.
Essentially a picture book

Wisbech & Upwell Tramway

Goodyer, W. The Wisbech and Upwell Tramway. Rly Mag., 1937, 81, 82-7. 2 illus., 2 maps.
Includes brief notes on the Sentinel tramway locomotives.
Gadsden, E.J.S., Whetmath, C.F.D. and Stafford-Baker, J. The Wisbech and Upwell Tramway. Teddington (Middx.), Branch Line Handbooks, 1966. 51 p. + front. + 2 folding plates. 30 illus., 3 diagrs., 3 tables, 6 col. plans, 2 col. maps.
Includes notes and a sectionalized diagram of the Y10 class tram engines.
Hawkins, Chris and George Reeves
The Wisbech & Upwell Tramway. Bucklebury: Wild Swan, 1982. 56pp.
Includes 0-6-0T and 0-4-0T tram locomotives (latter restricted mainly to passenger traffic) and very brief mention of Y10 Sentinel tramway lcomotives.

[Hawkins, Chris] Some new notes: early trials and tribulations of running the Wisbech and Upwell Tramway. Br. Rlys. ill., 1995, 4, 530-45.
Mainly the difficulties faced with the local authorities. Includes a photograph of standard Sentinel locomotive No. 8401 with J70 tram locomotive on passenger train on 4 May 1927, (A. Garraway).

Mitchell, Vic, Smith, Keith and Ingram, Andrew C. Branch line to Upwell. Midhurst: Middleton Press, 1995. 96pp.
It would appear that Andrew Ingham was the "real" author. Book is interesting for containing photograph (figure 27 taken by W. Whitworth) of Y10 Sentinel tram locomotive No. 8404 taken at Wisbech. Figures 27, 43 and 111 show experiments with Sentinel Y1 No. 8401 on passenger workings on 4 May 1927, both at Wisbech and at Upwell. The book shows many views of J70 tramway locomotives, including an interior view taken by P. Erwood in 1939 (closer dating for this should be possible).