Steam Locos of a Leisurely Era 1885- Great Northern Railway, Ireland 4-2-2 and 5’ 6” 4-4-0 Beyer Peacock

Steam Locos of a Leisurely Era

1885– Great Northern Railway, Ireland

 4-2-2 and 5’ 6” 4-4-0  Beyer Peacock

Illustration – No.88 when running as a single wheeler.

Two engines built by Beyer Peacock & Co. in 1885, Nos.88 Victoria and 89 Albert.  They were the first newly constructed 4-2-2s with inside frames and cylinders in the British Isles (there were, however, the reconstructed Bristol and Exeter engines.)  They were incidentally the only 4-2-2s ever to run in Ireland.

In 1904 they were reconstructed as 4-4-0 engines with 5’ 6” wheels, bringing them into line with four similar engines, Nos.51-4, which had been built in 1892-5.  Finally, two further identical machines came out in 1905, Nos.104-5.  All were originally named, but these were removed about 1914.  Nos. 51-4 were scrapped in 1950, Nos.88, 89 and 104 in 1956, leaving only 105 still in service in 1959.

As 4-2-2s – Driving wheels – 6’ 7”,  Bogie wheels – 3’ 1½”,  Trailing wheels – 3’ 7½”,  Cylinders – 16”x 22”,  Pressure – 140 lb.,  Weight – 34 tons

As 4-4-0s – Driving wheels – 5’ 6”,  Bogie wheels – 3’ 1½”,  Cylinders – 18”x 24”,  Pressure – 175 lb.,  Weight – 42 tons

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