Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era 1892 2-4-2T Belfast & Northern Counties Railway

Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era

1892   2-4-2T   Belfast & Northern Counties Railway

 

No.103 in 1930

 For the 3’ 0” sections of the B & NCR, the locomotive superintendent, B.Malcolm, pleased with the success of his 2-cylinder compound 2-4-0 express engines, decided to apply the system to the narrow gauge, and turned out two 2-4-2Ts in 1892, Nos. 69 & 70.  In 1897 the numbers were altered to 110 & 111.  Two more followed in 1908-9, Nos. 112and 113, whilst another, No.103, came out in 1919, and finally No.104 in 1920, the last 2-cylinder compound to be built in Great Britain and probably the world.  No.110 was rebuilt with a rear bogie in 1931, becoming the only engine with the 2-4-4T wheel arrangement ever to run in these islands.  It was not very successful in this form, and was scrapped in 1946.  Nos. 112 and 113 became Nos.102 and 101 in 1920, and in 1930 No.102 was fitted with a coal bunker, fitted to the rear of the cab and the wheelbase lengthened by two feet.  These were the only alterations made to any of the class.  No.103 was broken up in 1938, and the remaining four engines, Nos. 101, 102, 104 and 111, subsequently became Nos.41-4. By this time the only remaining sections of 3’ 0” gauge were the old Ballycastle Railway and a small section of line at Larne, and when these too were finally closed in 1950, the four engines were broken up.

Class S  Driving wheels – 3’ 9”,  Cylinders – (1) 14¾”x 20”, (1) 21”x 20”,  Pressure – 160 lb.,  Tractive effort – 13150 lb.,  Weight – 31 tons 17 cwt.

Class S1 (No.42 rebuilt)  Driving wheels – 3’ 9”,  Cylinders – (1) 14¾”x 20”, (1) 21”x 20”,  Pressure – 160 lb.,  Tractive effort – 13150 lb.,  Weight – 33 tons.

Class S2 (No.110 rebuilt as 2-4-4T  Driving wheels – 3’ 9”,  Cylinders – (1) 14¾”x 20”, (1) 21”x 20”,  Pressure – 200 lb.,  Tractive effort – 16438 lb.,  Weight – 44 tons 4 cwt.

The Irish gauge is 5 ft. 3 in., but the Northern Counties Committee (L.M.S.) has sixty-four miles of 3-ft. track in addition to 201 miles of the broad gauge. Here is a narrow-gauge 2-4-2 compound engine on a broad-gauge transhipment truck at Belfast. The initials “M.R.” stand for Midland Railway (now absorbed in the L.M.S.), which acquired the Belfast and Northern Counties Railway in 1903.  engrailhistory.info

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2 responses to “Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era 1892 2-4-2T Belfast & Northern Counties Railway

  1. Dear sirs,
    Would you have a drawing of NCC 2-4-2 tank loco S class . I would pay costs and postage. Many thanks, Stewart Browne.

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