Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era
1894 Jones 4-6-0 Highland Railway
These engines are famous as being the first examples of the 4-6-0 type in the British Isles, a wheel arrangement that has since become so widespread and universally popular. Fifteen of them were built by Sharp Stewart & Co. in 1894, and at the time they were the most powerful main line engines in the country. Although intended primarily for freight work they have also done much passenger duty in the height of the busy season, and were of inestimable value to the highland under its difficult operational conditions. They remained little altered throughout their existence except for the removal in some cases of the smokebox wing plates and the substitution of a later pattern of chimney for the distinctive Highland louvre type. Their original numbers were 103–17, and they became LMS Nos.17916-30 at the grouping. They were taken out of service gradually between 1929 and 1940, but the original No.103 was preserved and has recently been restored to working order in its original condition (1959).No. 103 preserved – photo: Malcolm McCrow
Driving wheels – 5’ 3”, Cylinders – 20”x 26”, Pressure – 175 lb., – Weight – 56 tons.