Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era – 1927 – ‘Garratts’ – LMS

Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era
1927 – ‘Garratts’
LMS

No. 4999 as originally built

No. 4999 as originally built

In 1927 the LMS decided to try out the Garratt design for heavy mineral trains over the Midland main line between Toton and Cricklewood, with a view to eliminating double heading. Three engines, Nos. 4997-9, were built by Beyer Peacock in 1927, and were followed by another thirty, Nos. 4967-96.
In 1938-9 they were renumbered 7967-99, and these numbers were increased by 40000 at Nationalisation in 1948.

47994
All except Nos. 47998 and 47999 were later fitted with revolving bunkers to ease the work of the fireman.
For some reason the Garratt design never achieved the favour in this country it has received elsewhere, notably in South Africa, and the whole class was scrapped between 1955 and 1958.
Driving wheels – 5’ 3”, Cylinders (4) – 18½”x 26”, Pressure – 190 lb., Tractive effort – 45620 lb., Weight – 155½ tons.

4999

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