Charles C Macrae locomotive (cast paperweight)

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Charles C Macrae locomotive (cast paperweight)

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Arch Three , Area 31
Cast Iron Locomotive Paperweights (display)

A brown, painted, cast-iron paperweight model of a 4-4-2 "Brighton Baltic" LBSCR tank locomotive, "Charles C Macrae", running number 327.

The original locomotive

Locomotive 327 (1914), named after the chairman of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway, was the first of the "Brighton Baltics", a set of large tank locomotives originally considered suitable for the London-Brighton line.

Although the original plan was to built a set of these locomotives, early teething problems and the outbreak of World War One meant that production paused after the first two locomotives, 327 and 328, with an additional short run of five locomotives, 329-333 ("Stephenson" to "Remembrance") ordered immediately after the cessation of hostilities.

In 1934, the locomotives were stripped of their side tanks and rear bogies, given new cabs and and smoke deflectors, and were fitted with tenders and rebuilt as the 4-6-0 "Remembrance Class".

After the refit, "327 Charles C Macrae" became "327 Trevithick"

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