Steam Locos of a Leisurely Era 1886- Holden T19s – Great Eastern Railway

Steam Locos of a Leisurely Era

1886- Holden T19s – Great Eastern Railway

A class of 110 2-4-0 express engines constructed between 1886 and 1897 numbered 700-79 and 1010-39.  They performed the bulk of the main line work over GER until superseded by the ‘Claud Hamiltons’.No.760 running as an oil burner.

In 1893 No.760 was adapted for burning oil fuel and appropriately named Petrolea, and several others of this class were similarly fitted during the following period when the Great Eastern was conducting extensive experiments in this direction.  This was quite successful from a technical point of view, but had to be abandoned when the price of oil rose to a level at which it could not compete economically with coal.

29 of the class were scrapped in their original condition between 1908 and 1913, but the rest were all rebuilt with much larger boilers, the first 21 of which continued as 2-4-0s, between 1902 and 1904, whilst the remainder, which were at the same time converted to 4-4-0s, were rebuilt between 1905 and 1908, and many of these eventually received superheaters.

The 2-4-0 rebuilds presented a very top-heavy appearance and earned the nickname ‘Humpty Dumpties’.  The last of these to remain in service were Nos. 776 and 778, withdrawn in 1920.  All but two of the 4-4-0 conversions lasted into grouping days and had 7000 added to their numbers by the LNER.  Nos. 8023 and 8039, the last survivors, were scrapped in 1943 and 1944.

Original state – Driving wheels – 7’ 0”,  Cylinders – 18”X 24”,  Pressure – 160 lb.,  Weight – 42 tons,  GER classification – T19

2-4-0 rebuilds – Driving wheels – 7’ 0”,  Cylinders – 18”X 24”,  Pressure – 180 lb.,  Weight – 45½ tons,  GER classification – T19

4-4-0 rebuilds – Driving wheels – 7’ 0”,  Cylinders – 18”X 24”,  Pressure – 180 lb.,  Weight – 48¼ tons,  GER classification – T19,  LNER classification – D13

No.8039 as D13 running in 1930. 

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