Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era
1906 – ‘Atlantics’
North British Railway
These were the largest engines built for the NBR, which like the southern member in the East Coast partnership, the Great Northern, never went in for the 4-6-0 engines as did most major railways of the period. (The third member of the trio, the North Eastern, had both types.) The new NB engines, which were massive in appearance by the standard of their day, were built during W.P.Reid’s superintendency by the North British Locomotive Co. (which firm had no actual connections with the NBR). They bore certain obvious resemblances to Robinson’s engines of the same type for the GCR. Fourteen of them were turned out in 1906, and another six, Nos.901-6, were built by Robert Stephenson & Co. in 1910, whilst two more with superheaters, Nos. 509 and 510, were added by W.Chalmers in 1921. The earlier engines of the class were also later superheated. They were given typical Scottish names, such as ‘Aberdonian’, ‘Waverley’, ‘Highland Chief’, and so on. At the grouping they had 9000 added to their numbers, as 9868-81 and 9509-10. They did some fine work on the NB main lines, particularly on the heavily graded Waverley route between Edinburgh and Carlisle. They were taken out of service between 1933 and 1939, the last to go being No. 9875 ‘Midlothian’.
Driving wheels – 6’ 9”, Bogie wheels – 3’ 6”, Trailing wheels – 4’ 3”, Cylinders (2) – 20”x 28”, Pressure – 200 lb., Weight – 74 tons 8 cwt, NBR classification before superheating – I, NBR classification after superheating – H, LNER classification – C11.