Steam Locos of a Leisurely Era
1891 – ‘Intermediate’ 2-4-0 Great Eastern Railway
T.Holden’s mixed traffic class for the GER, 100 engines being turned out between 1891 and 1902, Nos.417-506 and 1250-59. The last ten were renumbered 407-16 in 1920. All had 7000 added to their numbers after the grouping. These engines were a small-wheeled version of the T19s but owing to their general usefulness and adaptability lasted much longer, none being withdrawn until 1926. By 1940 a small stud of eighteen remained, and these were kept in service for many more years. They were renumbered 2780-97 in 1946, and duly became BR 62780-97 on Nationalisation. These too began to disappear from 1954 onwards, but in 1959 one was still in service, No.62785, old 490. It was the last 2-4-0 engine to remain at work in Great Britain (excluding Ireland). The locomotive is now preserved as part of the National Collection in the old colours of the GER.
Great Eastern Railway T26 (or E4) No.490 (BR 62785), near to Bressingham, Norfolk, Great Britain.
Class T26 2-4-0 The locomotive is on loan from the national railway museum. Date 1 April 2010 Source From this image at geograph.org.uk; transferred by User:RHaworth using geograph_org2commons. Author Ashley Dace Permission (Reusing this file) Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike license 2.0
A few of the class were fitted with side window cabs in the 1930s for working on the exposed Darlington – Penrith line of the LNER, but apart from this and the fitting of lipped chimneys they have altered little during their existence.
Driving wheels – 5’ 8”, Cylinders – 17½”x 24”, Pressure – 160 lb., Tractive effort – 14700 lb., Weight – 40¼ tons, GER classification T26, LNER classification – E4, BR classification – 1MT