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The Southern's electrification programme was expensive and even now some lines remain unpowered and served by diesel units. The Southern had an extensive steam fleet including some of the most radical locomotives designed in Britain - Bulleid's light pacifics and Q1 class, for example. This poster advertises the Southern's investment in new engines. £600,000 wouldn't buy much today!

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The text reads 'The King Arthur Class West of England Express' and '91 of the most powerful engines are being delivered to the Southern Railway this summer costing over £600,000'. That would be £21.7m in 2010 money.

This is one of a 1925 series of adverts by T D Kerr promoting the Southern's investment programme under the general theme of progress. The others are Electrification, Rolling Stock and The Viaduct.

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Wikipedia article on the King Arthur Class locomotive

Keywords: Southern Railway; poster; advert; steam; locomotive; King Arthur class; 1925; train; investment; Art Deco

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