The light pacifics were designed by O.V.S. Bulleid to work over the restricted secondary routes of the Southern Railway. Two naming themes were used; ‘West Country’ and the ‘Battle of Britain’.
The ‘West Country’ locomotives were named after cities, towns or geographical features in the western section of the Southern Railway.
Scale of Locomotive: 5 mm/ft
Paper Size: 404 mm x 303 mm (16 in x 12 in)
Fits a readily available 16in x 12in frame
Unsigned Print: £15.00
Signed Print: £18.50
Ilfracombe was named after the seaside resort in north Devon. It was named at Ilfracombe Station by W Carruthers-Bell JP, Chairman of Ilfracombe UDC, on 29th August 1946. Its shield shows the town’s coat of arms. It is portrayed in the condition it hauled the inaugural Devon Belle service on 20th June 1947.
No. 21C110 is in Southern malachite green livery and is attached to a 4,500 gallon high-sided tender and has the early style flat fronted cab. The smoke deflectors had been lengthened by this time to what became the standard size. The bogie wheels have hollow axles to save weight, these became solid after the first thirty.
Built: (Brighton) December 1945. Rebuilt: (Eastleigh) November 1957.
Withdrawn: October 1966.
The Devon Belle was a luxury all Pullman service which ran between Waterloo and Ilfracombe, plus Plymouth until September 1949. The service had an observation car at the rear, which was a unique feature among SR titled trains.
Inaugural titled run: 20th June 1947. Last titled run: 19th September 1954.
The Bournemouth Belle was a luxury all Pullman service which ran between Waterloo and Bournemouth.
Inaugural titled run: 5th July 1931. Titled withdrawn: 10th September 1939. Reintroduced: 7th October 1947. Last titled run: 9th July 1967.
The Atlantic Coast Express (ACE) was an express service between Waterloo and seaside resorts on the north coast of Devon and Cornwall; Padstow, Ilfracombe and Bude.
Inaugural titled run: 19th July 1926. Titled withdrawn: 10th September 1939. Reintroduced: 6th October 1947. Last titled run: 5th September 1964.
The Royal Wessex was an express service between; Waterloo, Bournemouth, Weymouth and Swanage. It was introduced to mark the Festival of Britain.
Inaugural titled run 3rd May 1951. Last titled run: 8th July 1967.
The above information is supplied with the print.