This was the first express passenger loco of his own design that William Stroudley
built on his accession to Brighton Works. They were built amid attempts to rationalise
the chaotic legacy of John Chester Craven, at a time when little money was available.
Known as the ‘Belgravia Class’ they served with mediocre success from their entry
into service until withdrawal around the turn of the 20th Century. (Dates varied
for each loco)
All were similar, though the leading wheels differed a few inches in diameter from
4’ 0” to 4’ 3”. Not a hugely noticeable difference in 4mm scale.
They were attached to Stroudley outside frame tenders (also available separately
from E.B.M.) or a variety of Craven tenders - no two of which seem to have been identical!
The kit comes with a choice of 3 possible tenders - typical large Craven type -
designed to match both this loco and Sussex, and a smaller version, that was attached
to “Westminster”, as well as many of the D2 class also. Also the Stroudley outside
frame tender - which can be viewed on the C and C1 class pages above.
The two immediately obvious differences were the side frames - appearing either roughly
“triangular” around the axle boxes, or ‘looped’ with a continuous straight bottom
edge (as seen in top photo). The Craven tender will also be available separately.
Such a tender can be viewed on the next page.
Number Series: 201, 202 & 204-7 - later 5xx, then 6xx
Price: £110: Loco - £60, tender of choice £50. Postage and packing included
Tenders that were attached during their lives:
201 Belgravia - Large Craven / Stroudley ouside frame
202 Goodwood- Large Craven / Stroudley outside frame
204 Kensington - Large Craven
“Belgravia” Class 2-4-0 Express Passenger Loco
205 Westminster - Small Craven
206 Carisbrooke - Large Craven
207 Freshwater - Large Craven
On the Sussex page there is a supplementary download for ongoing hints, tips, corrections
to instructions, etc. (Page 6 bottom right corner)
Test etches during building
Ian White’s Belgravia under construction- Boiler, footplate and cab, with chassis
Mashima 10xx series motor mounted on chassis
I am indebted to Ian White for permission to reproduce these photos here.
This kit is now
supplied to order
The finished kit - fully liveried
as 204 Kensington with
Large Craven tender. Built
in 00 finescale by Ian White.
See his website for his early
LB&SCR layout. Viewed:-
Download details here about Belgravia here. Warning No 6 is photos - 3Mb in size!