Sir Archibald Sinclair Plate


Apart from rebuilding Sir Archibald Sinclair has undergone many livery changes and modifications during its time. Below are a series of simplified side elevations drawn by Richard Green showing the major alterations.

Please note the colours used are representational and have been chosen so the line work can be viewed easily. Clicking on the drawings below will give access to a larger GIF at 4mm/ft which can be downloaded and printed.

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21C159 as in service
No. 21C159 as it went into service in April 1947. Painted in Bulleid's standard Pacific livery of malachite green with three horizontal yellow lines. Tender lettering and numbers in 'sunshine' style. Fitted from the start with the longer smoke deflectors but with Bulleid's original design of cab.
21C159 as named
No. s21C159, Sir Archibald Sinclair just after nationalisation in the condition it was named at Waterloo on February 4th 1948. Still in Southern livery but with the lettering on the tender changed to British Railways, but still in Southern's sunshine style. The cab number is still 21C159 but with an 'S' added in front to denote 'Southern Region' this is also in Southern style. It has already been back into the works and fitted with a wedge shaped cab, designed to improve visibility.
34059 Eastern Region
No. 34059, Sir Archibald Sinclair in the condition it was sent to work on the Eastern Region for a spell in May 1949. Still painted in Southern livery but with British Railways removed from the tender and the middle horizontal line stopped short either side of the crest. The number on the cab is in the standard BR typeface. A cover has been bolted onto the slide bars to try and stop sand getting on them while the front sand box is being filled.
34059 Early British Railways
No. 34059, Sir Archibald Sinclair painted in British Railways livery with two horizontal lines of orange-black-orange and the early BR cycling lion logo on the tender. The front valance has been taken off to allow easier access to the cylinders. The sanding to the front driving wheel has also been removed to solve the sand problem.
34059 Rebuilt
No. 34059, Sir Archibald Sinclair as rebuilt in March 1960 at Eastleigh Works. The main modifications being the removal of the boiler casing and the change to three sets of standard Walschaert's valve gear. This involved the casting a new inside cylinder. It is paired with a tender which has a new 5,250 gallon body. Painted in the standard BR livery.