Over five hundred shunting engines were supplied by American loco builders to the US Army Transportation Corps during World War 2 and were sent all over Europe in support of the war effort. After 1945 many remained available to purchase in Europe. In the UK fourteen were taken into service by the Southern Railway after modifications at Eastleigh Works. They were mainly employed in Southampton Docks until diesels largely displaced them in 1963. Six were then transferred to Departmental service and distributed to engineers sites across the Southern Region. Some of the class were latterly painted in lined out Southern green.
These images of the USA class are from our reserve collection and some may not be fully restored. However, if you order a photograph or digital download it will be carefully checked, cleaned and adjusted as necessary before dispatch.