British Rail Class EE1

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British Rail Class EE1
Specifications
Power type Electric
Builder North Eastern Railway Darlington Works
Build date 1922
Total produced 1
Configuration 2-Co-2
UIC classification 2'Co2'
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Driver diameter 6 ft 8 in (2.032 m)
Locomotive weight 110.05 long tons (111.82 t; 123.26 short tons)
Electric system(s) 1500 V DC Catenary
Current collection
method
Pantograph, 2 off
Traction motors 300 hp (224 kW) Metropolitan-Vickers, 6 off
Power output 1,800 hp (1,300 kW)
Tractive effort 28,000 lbf (124.6 kN)
Train heating Steam generator
Train brakes Vacuum
Career
Operator(s) North Eastern Railway
London and North Eastern Railway
British Railways
Number(s) NER: 13
LNER: 13; later 6999;
BR: 26600
Axle load class Route availability 7
Disposition Stored 1923–1950; scrapped 1950

British Rail Class EE1 (Electric Express 1)[1] was an electric locomotive commissioned by the North Eastern Railway in 1922. Ownership passed to the London and North Eastern Railway in 1923 and to British Railways in 1948.

It was an electrically powered locomotive in the pre-TOPS period.

Overview[edit]

In the 1910s the North Eastern Railway made plans to electrify its York-Newcastle main line and this locomotive was built for hauling passenger trains. It had an electrically-heated boiler to generate steam for train heating.

The wheels were arranged as in a 4-6-4 steam locomotive and the driving wheels were 6 ft 8 in (2.032 m) diameter. Each of the three driving axles was powered by a pair of traction motors. Electric locomotives of this design were common in continental Europe and the United States, but this was the only example on a British railway.

After grouping in 1923 the London and North Eastern Railway dropped the electrification project so (apart from some trials on the Shildon line) the locomotive was never used.[1] It survived into British Railways ownership but was withdrawn in August 1950, and scrapped on 15 December 1950.[1]

In common with other LNER electric locomotives, no classification was given to this locomotive until 4 October 1945, when no. 13 was classified EE1 (Electric Express 1).[1] In May 1946, no. 13 was renumbered to 6999; and under British Railways, it became no. 26600 in 1948.[1][2]

Specification[edit]

  • Numbers: (NER) 13; (LNER) 6999; (BR) 26600
  • Wheel arrangement: 2-Co-2
  • Introduced: 1922
  • Builder: North Eastern Railway
  • Motors: 6x300hp, Metropolitan-Vickers
  • Total power: 1,800 hp (1,342 kW)
  • Supply: 1,500 V DC overhead

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Boddy et al. 1990, p. 98.
  2. ^ Boddy et al. 1990, fig. 134.

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