Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era 1899 – Worsdell 4-6-0 – North Eastern Railway

Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era

1899 – Worsdell 4-6-0 – North Eastern Railway

2113 - B14No. 2113 of the 6’ 8¼” class running in early days.  Both classes were very little altered during their existence.

These engines were notable as being the first passenger engines of the 4-6-0 wheel arrangement in this country, a type which was to become almost universal in later years on most larger Companies for main line passenger service.  The first ten engines, Nos. 2001-10, turned out in 1899 and 1900, had coupled wheels of 6’ 1¼” diameter, and although considered on the small side in those days for express working, they showed themselves capable of a fair turn of speed.  Nevertheless five similar engines, but with 6’ 8¼” wheels came out in 1901, numbered 2111-15.  A further thirty of the 6’ 1¼” variety came out in 1906-9, all except one carrying numbers between 726 and 775, the odd one being No. 1077.  These later engines differed slightly from the earlier ones in having much thicker framing over the driving wheels, and smaller splashers.

Although designed as express passenger engines, the 6’ 1¼” class did not do a great deal of this class of work, and they very soon took second place to the R Class 4-4-0s and later the Atlantics.  Latterly they were used principally on express freight traffic.  They were taken out of service between 1928 and 1938, but No.761 was retained for use as a dummy counter-pressure engine in conducting tests at Darlington (and later at Rugby) works, and was not scrapped until 1951.  Since 1946 it had been No.1699.  The 6’ 8¼” engines disappeared between 1929 and 1931; they were extremely handsome machines, but for some reason never seemed to appear much in the limelight.

B13 – Driving wheels – 6’ 1¼”,  Cylinders – 20”x 26”,  Pressure – 200 lb.,  Weight – 66 tons,  NER classification – S,  LNER classification – B13

B14 – Driving wheels – 6’ 8¼”,  Cylinders – 20”x 26”,  Pressure – 200 lb.,  Weight – 67 tons 2 cwt,  NER classification – S1,  LNER classification – B14


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