Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era
1899 – Worsdell 4-4-0 – North Eastern Railway
These engines were an enlargement of W. Worsdell’s Classes M and Q and were undoubtedly the finest of all the NER 4-4-0s. In all sixty of them were built. Nos.2011-30 and 2101-10 in 1899-1901, followed by thirty others in 1906-7, with scattered numbers, mostly in the 700s and 1200s. They took their turn on main line expresses for many years, and were all eventually superheated.
Formerly 2020 In 1936 No. 2020 was rebuilt with long-travel piston valves and other modernised details. At the same time it had its running plate raised clear of the coupled wheels, completely spoiling the handsome appearance of these engines. Fortunately, although one or two others were also modernised, they retained the decorative splashers which are so much responsible for their good looks.
A few of the class had gone by 1943, and those that remained were then renumbered 2340-97. Most of these lasted to have 60000 added to their numbers under BR auspices and several of the class lasted until 1957.
A larger edition of the design appeared in 1908, Class R1, and consisted of ten engines, Nos. 1237-46. As sometimes happens in these cases, the enlarged machines never attained the brilliance of the originals, and all disappeared between 1942 and 1946.
Class R – Driving wheels – 6’ 10”, Cylinders – 19”x 26”, Pressure – 175 lb., Tractive effort – 17026 lb., Weight – 54 tons 2 cwt., NER classification – R, LNER classification – D20
Class R1 – Driving wheels – 6’ 10”, Cylinders – 19”x 26”, Pressure – 175 lb., Tractive effort – 17026 lb., Weight – 59 tons, NER classification – R1, LNER classification – D21