For the festive season, New Build Steam is doing something a bit different this year. We want to find out which extinct class would be the most popular choice for a new build project (of those that aren’t already being planned or built).

Below is a poll containing suggestions from New Build Steam readers over last few weeks – with thanks to everyone who made suggestions. Perhaps unsurprisingly, pre-Grouping designs dominate the choices. A few extra high profile candidates have also been included, and the choices are presented in a random order. Underneath the poll is summary information about each class, a photo where available, and a link to more detailed information.

You have until the end of Boxing Day to vote. The two most popular choices will be presented in a second poll, opening between Christmas and the new year, to give a clear-cut winner. You should only be able to vote once in each poll – if the system lets you vote again for some reason, please resist the temptation! The final winner will be announced in January.

Obviously, this is just a bit of fun, so please approach it in that spirit. It’s intended to be an enjoyable thought exercise, not authoritative evidence to base future work on. As ever, if any reader feels particularly passionate about seeing a particular class re-created, the thing to do is start the project!

A few notes about the choices. Nothing has been ruled out on grounds of practicality, although you may wish to vote on the basis of how a given locomotive might fit on the main line or a preserved railway. However, the usual scope of the site applies: standard gauge steam locomotives of the UK (no international examples, such as Porta’s ACE 3000 proposal, or diesels, sorry!). Stipulations about a particular variant or sub-type of the class have been omitted for the sake of simplicity, with apologies to those who suggested them.

London, Brighton and South Coast Railway class L1 / ‘Remembrance’ class
remembrance-tankWheel arrangement: 4-6-4T
Designer: Lawson Billinton
In service: 1914-57 (rebuilt from 1934 as N15x 4-6-0s)

London, Brighton and South Coast Railway class E2

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Wheel Arrangement: 0-6-0T
Designer: Lawson Billinton
In service: 1913-63
NB a website exists for a project to build an E2 tank, but is not currently counted as an active project for the purposes of this website.

London, Brighton and South Coast Railway class K

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Wheel Arrangement: 2-6-0
Designer: Lawson Billinton
In service: 1913-62

London, Brighton and South Coast Railway J1 or J2
800px-lbscr_j1_classWheel Arrangement: 4-6-2T
Designer: D. E. Marsh
In service: 1910-51

London, Brighton and South Coast Railway ‘Jenny Lind’ class
800px-jenny_lind_locomotiveWheel Arrangement: 2-2-2
Designer: David Joy
In service: 1848-??

Caledonian Railway ‘Cardean’ Class / 903 or 49 class
800px-caledonian_railway_4-6-0_locomotive_903_cardean_howden_boys_book_of_locomotives_1907Wheel Arrangement: 4-6-0
Designer: John F. McIntosh
In service: 1903-33

Highland Railway ‘River’ class / Caledonian Railway class 938
Wheel Arrangement: 4-6-0
Designer: Frederick G. Smith
In service: 1911-46
No images are available for re-use here, but this webpage contains an illustration of the class.

London and South Western Railway Class 395

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Wheel Arrangement: 0-6-0
In service: 1881-1959

North British Railway H class / LNER class C10 (later rebuilt as C11)
nbr-h-classWheel Arrangement: 4-4-2
Designer: William Reid
In service: 1906-39

Glasgow and South Western Railway class 540
Wheel Arrangement: 4-6-4T
Designer: Robert Whitelegg
In service: 1922-37
No images are available for re-use here, but this webpage contains two images of the class.

North Eastern Railway Class Z / LNER class C7
Wheel Arrangement: 4-4-2
Designer: Sir Vincent Raven
In service: 1911-48
No images are available for re-use.

LNWR Claughton class
lnwr-claughtonWheel Arrangement: 4-6-0
Designer: Charles J. Bowen Cooke
In service: 1913-49

Midland Railway Lickey Banker (‘Big Bertha’)
lickey_bankerWheel Arrangement: 0-10-0
Designer: James Anderson
In service: 1919-56

Midland Railway 3F
Wheel Arrangement: 0-6-0
Designer: Samuel W. Johnson / Richard Deeley
In service: 1875-1964 (note this was a range of 2F and 3F locomotives, built to similar designs and sometimes considered one class)

Great Central Railway class 9N / LNER class A5
Wheel Arrangement: 4-6-2T
Designer: John G. Robinson
In service: 1911-60

The Great Bear
great_bearWheel Arrangement: 4-6-2
Designer: G.J. Churchward
In service: 1908-24

LMS Garratt
1280px-lms_garratt_498xWheel Arrangement: 2-6-0+0-6-2
Designer: Beyer, Peacock and Company
In service: 1927-58

LNER class A8
Wheel arrangement: 4-6-2T
Designer: Sir Nigel Gresley (rebuilt from Vincent Raven’s class H1 4-4-4Ts)
In service: 1931-60 (from 1913 as H1s)

LNER class W1
w1Wheel Arrangement: 4-6-4
Designer: Sir Nigel Gresley
In service: 1929-59 (rebuilt 1936-7 with conventional boiler)

LNER class P1
p1Wheel Arrangement: 2-8-2
Designer: Sir Nigel Gresley
In service: 1925-45

Southern Railway Leader class
leaderWheel Arrangement: 0-6-6-0T
Designer: Oliver Bulleid
In existence: 1947-51

BR Standard class 8(?)F
Wheel Arrangement: 2-8-2
Designer: Robert Riddles / E.S. Cox
In service: never built
While obviously no photos exist of this class, a model can be seen on this page.

5atWheel Arrangement: 4-6-0
Designer: David Wardale
In service: never built

Image credits
Public domain images: LBSCR L1 ‘Remembrance’ tank, J1 tank, ‘Jenny Lind’, NBR H class, LNWR Claughton, LNER W1, LNER P1.

Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic licence, and available for reuse under the same: LBSCR E2 tank, LBSCR class K, LSWR class 395, A5 tank and A8 tank by Ben Brooksbank.

Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence, and available for reuse under the same: LMS Garratt, by Bundeena 2230 at Wikipedia; Leader by Bulleid Pacific at Wikipedia; 5AT image by Robin Barnes.