0-6-6-0T Leader Class SR Profile and Models

0-6-6-0T Leader Class SR

36001. Location & Date Unknown. ©via KR Models

The Leader was a class of experimental 0-6-0+0-6-0T articulated steam locomotive, produced in the United Kingdom to the design of the innovative engineer Oliver Bulleid. The Leader was an attempt to extend the life of steam traction by eliminating many of the operational drawbacks associated with existing steam locomotives. Design work began in 1946 and development continued after the nationalisation of the railways in 1948, under the auspices of British Railways. The design incorporated many novel features, such as the use of thermic siphons, bogies and cabs at each end of the locomotive, resulting in its unique - for a steam locomotive - modern diesel-like appearance. Several of its innovations proved to be unsuccessful however, partly accounting for the project's cancellation in the early 1950s. Five Leader locomotives were begun, although only one was completed. The operational locomotive was trialled on the former Southern Railway network around Brighton. Problems with the design, indifferent reports on performance and political pressure surrounding spiralling development costs, led to all locomotives of the class being scrapped by 1951.

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Type of Locomotive



SR Brighton Works

Build Date

1946 to 1949

Total Built


Tractive Effort

26,300 lbf

Wheel Configuration


Operated By

Southern Railway
British Railways

Main Duties

Prototype for Steam Loco Development

In Service Until


Surviving Examples



Products awaiting categorisation

Scale Brand Image Construction Type DCC Capability Product Code Product Title Livery
OO Gauge (1:76 Scale) Golden Arrow GA-36001 SR Bulleid 'Leader' 0-6-6-0T 36001 in BR works grey Not set DCC compatible but no socket GA-36001
SR Bulleid 'Leader' 0-6-6-0T 36001 in BR works grey