Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era 1911 – Robinson 4-6-2T Great Central Railway

Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era

1911 – Robinson 4-6-2T

Great Central Railway

No. 156 as running when new in 1923No. 156 as running when new in 1923

In 1911 Robinson brought out his splendid 4-6-2Ts, one of the finest designs of express suburban tank engines ever built.  Twenty-one were turned out between 1911 and 1917, and just after the grouping a further 10 appeared new, lettered LNER but with Great Central livery and numbers.  In 1925 a further 13 were built with slight modifications for use in the North Eastern area, the original lot spent most of their time on the GCR London suburban services out of Marylebone until the late 1940s.

All of the above had mainly scattered numbers, the GCR ones being increased by 5000 at the grouping, whereas the North Eastern batch was numbered in the 1700s in the LNER list.  One engine, No. 5447 was scrapped in 1942, but the rest became in 1946 Nos. 9800-29, and (the North Eastern series) 9830-42, all being increased by 60000 on Nationalisation.  Withdrawal began in 1957, and whilst the whole of the final 13 had gone by 1958, a number of the earlier GCR type still remained in 1959, although all had been displaced from the London area for several years.

OriginalGCR engines – Driving wheels – 5’ 7”,  Cylinders – 20”x 26”,  Pressure – 180 lb.,  Tractive effort – 23743 lb.,  Weight – 85 tons 18 cwt,  GCR classification – 9N,  LNER classification – A5.  BR classification – 3MT

LNER 1925 batch – Driving wheels – 5’ 7”,  Cylinders – 20”x 26”,  Pressure – 180 lb.,  Tractive effort – 23743 lb.,  Weight – 90 tons 11 cwt,  GCR classification –,  LNER classification – A5/2.  BR classification – 3MT

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