Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era
1899 – American 2-6-0
About the turn of the 19th/20th century there was a considerable demand for more engines by many of the major companies which could not be immediately met either in their own workshops or by the various private firms of locomotive builders. As a temporary expedient, therefore, three railways, namely the Midland, the Great Northern and the newly formed Great central, ordered some 2-6-0s from the Baldwin and Schenectady works of the USA, forty for the Midland Railway and twenty each for the other two lines.
Although of the same general design, they differed slightly in detail, some having two domes, as in the example illustrated above. The 2-6-0 type, which had long been used in America, was almost, but not quite, new to this country, the Great Eastern having had some very unsuccessful examples built in 1878 to the design of W. Adams before he went to the LSWR; the small Midland and South Western Junction Railway also acquired two of an Australian design from Beyer Peacock in 1895-7, one of which later survived at a colliery in Northumberland until the 1940s.
The new 2-6-0s did not have a very long life on any of the three lines which acquired them, and all disappeared between 1909 and 1915. They had several features, in particular the bar frames, which were common American practice but alien to the standards of this country.
The Midland engines, at first numbered 2501-40, became respectively 2200-9, 2230-9, and 2210-29 at the 1907 renumbering.
Driving wheels – 5’ 1½”, Pony wheels – 3’ 0”, Cylinders – 18”x 24”, Pressure – 175 lb., Weight 45 tons.