Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era
1898 Ivatt 4-2-2
Great Northern Railway
The first engine of this class, No. 266 appeared in 1898, and a second, No.267, in 1900. These were followed by a further ten in 1901, Nos. 92, 100, 261-5, and 268-70, and these were notable in being the last express engines with single driving wheels to be built for use in this country, and probably almost the last in the world. (Four 4-2-2 engines were built by Kerr Stuart & co. for the Shanghai-Nanking Railway in China.)
The new engines spent a few years on express working on the GNR main line, but as the new ‘Atlantics’ were coming out at the same time they never had very much chance to distinguish themselves. They spent their last days over the level Lincolnshire lines mainly based on Grantham and Peterborough, and were all somewhat prematurely withdrawn in 1917.
Driving wheels – 7’ 8”, Cylinders – 19”x 26”, Pressure – 175 lb., Weight – 48 tons 11 cwt., GNR classification – A4 (No.266), A5 (the others).