Basis for Neville: a SR Bulleid Q1 0-6-0
Ex SR Bulleid Q1 0-6-0 at Sheffield Park as pictured
in this old Bluebell Railway postcard.

OVS Bulleid’s Q1 class of 1942 owes its unusual "stripped down" appearance to the requirements of wartime austerity. The Southern Railway, accustomed to commuter passengers as basic traffic, suddenly needed to move quantities of war materiel to channel ports, and needed a freight engine that was powerful yet versatile on maximum routes. The Q1 answered all these requirements handsomely, and in terms of sheer function, was one of Bulleid’s most successful designs, the only 0-6-0 ever to be assigned 5F power status. The overall shape enabled the engine to be economically washed in a coach wash. Besides many other innovations, trademark Bulleid touches include non-spoked Bulleid-Firth-Brown wheels and continental numbering, with "C" representing three powered axles, the class thus numbered C1-C40. This very useful class of engine lasted until the end of steam on British Railways, with the last one retired in 1966. Luckily, the first member of the class, C1, then with BR number 33001, was preserved. It was restored to steam and ran at the Bluebell Railway until moving to its present location in the Great Hall at the National Railway Museum in York in 2004.

No. 33001 at the National Railway Museum, York in August, 2010
No. 33001 at the National Railway Museum, York.
Photo: © Martin Clutterbuck (August, 2010)

Rear side view No. 33001 at the National Railway Museum, York in August, 2010
Rear side view of No. 33001 at the National Railway Museum, York.
Photo: © Martin Clutterbuck (August, 2010)

Wheel detail of No. 33001 at the National Railway Museum, York in August, 2010
Pristine wheel detail of the locomotive, NRM, York.
Photo: © Martin Clutterbuck (August, 2010)

Wooden model of a Q1 on display in the Great Hall, NRM, York, in August, 2010
A handsome wooden model of C1 in a display case in the Great Hall, NRM, York.
Photo: © Martin Clutterbuck (August, 2010)

Modeller's Corner
Hornby OO model of Q1 0-6-0 sold by Amazon UK
Hornby model of Bulleid Q1 0-6-0
Collector's Corner
LC Wooden Neville from Amazon UK and US LC Take-n-Play Neville available from Amazon UK and US
Wooden version of Neville Learning Curve Take Along version of Neville
Trackmaster Neville from Amazon US and UK
Trackmaster version of Neville

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