LNER Steam Revival by Brian Sharpe

By Brian Sharpe

The London & North japanese Railway used to be recognized for its apple eco-friendly engines, teak coaches, the ‘Flying Scotsman’ and streamlined A4 Pacifics, but in addition the old fashioned rural byways during which lots of its companies handed. The newly-formed railway corporation inherited a few iconic railway infrastructure, but in addition a few rather historical cause strength and rolling inventory.

LNER engines have persevered to outshine their rivals, with the accessory extra on caliber than volume. Being without delay descended from the Stockton & Darlington Railway, the LNER inherited a priority for its historical past, opened Britain’s first railway museum and operated the 1st preserved engine to haul a chief line passenger train.

This 132 web page complete color booklet – the second one in a steam revival sequence from history Railway journal deputy editor Brian Sharpe – tells the tale of every of the fifty two one-time LNER or LNER-designed steam locomotives that have survived in upkeep, 35 of that have steamed due to the fact 1948.

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His plan to extend the 54 LNER STEAM REVIVAL LEFT: During its long period of storage at various locations and in red oxide primer, GCR O4 2-8-0 No. 63601 is seen at Longsight shed in Manchester en route to the Dinting Railway Centre on May 18, 1976. BELOW: No. 63601 passes Kinchley Lane on the Great Central Railway with a goods train. MSLR to London was by then in progress, and in 1897 the company changed its name to the Great Central Railway in anticipation of the opening in 1899 of its London Extension, which proved to be the last main line railway built in Britain.

68846 approaches Horsted Keynes on the Bluebell Railway with the GNR engineers’ saloon on June 21, 1997. GNR N2 0-6-2T No. 4744 crosses Mytholmes viaduct on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in its early days of operation. PAUL CHANCELLOR COLLECTION N2 0-6-2T No. 1744 With the completion of the final batch of Ivatt’s N1 0-6-2Ts, the GNR did not require any further suburban tank locomotives until after the First World War. Gresley considered a 2-6-2T, and a 2-6-4T, but an improved 0-6-2T was accepted for development, and the GNR N2 0-6-2T was introduced in 1920.

63601 Robinson designed the 8K 2-8-0 for the GCR’s heavy freight traffic, particularly to the new docks being built at Immingham. It was not a totally new design, but a superheated version of the 8A 0-8-0. Introduced in 1911, 126 8Ks were built before the outbreak of the First World War, and 19 more with larger boilers in 1918/21. Strong, reliable and free-steaming, the Ministry of Munitions chose the design for its own use during the war, encouraged by the GCR’s Sir Sam Fay. At this time, the Royal Engineers formed its Railway Operating Division (ROD), which started operations in Continental Europe in February 1916.

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