September 20, 2023

LMS Fowler Class 3F

The London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) Fowler Class 3F was a class of 0-6-0T steam tank locomotives built between 1924 and 1931. Reliable and successful in shunting and light goods roles, “Jinties” worked on LMS lines until the nationalization of British rail companies, then being absorbed into British Railways (BR) stock in 1948 and withdrawn in the late 1960’s. In addition to civilian rail service, a handful of locomotives were requisitioned by the War Department and sent to France in 1940. (Two were were destroyed by retreating British forces after the fall of France, five were returned to the U.K. in 1948, and one was captured by the Wehrmacht and later operated by the Deutsche Reichsbahn until it was scrapped in the early ’50’s.)

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