Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era
1899 – Aspinall’s ‘Atlantics’
Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway
This was J.A.F.Aspinall’s last design for the L&Y R, and at the time of their appearance they were among the largest engines in the country. With their big boilers and large driving wheels they were considered most impressive machines, as indeed they were. Known by the nickname of ‘Highflyers’, they were fast and free running engines and popular in L&Y days, but the LMS which inherited all forty of them at the grouping, did not seem to like them very much, and they were all scrapped between 1926 and 1934. The first twenty were built in 1899, and the second batch in 1902. No. 1400 was the prototype, and their L&Y numbers were eventually 1392 – 1424, together with a few odd numbers in the 700s. They became LMS Nos. 10300-39. They had Belpaire boilers from the start, and some of them were fitted for a time with a steam drier, an early form of superheater. These were eventually removed, and none of the class ever received a modern superheater.
Driving wheels – 7’ 3”, Cylinders – 19”x 26”, Pressure – 180 lb., Tractive effort – 16506 lb., Weight – 58 tons 15 cwt, L&Y classification – 7
No. 711, early 20th century http://www.lyrs.org.uk