GER Class G58
|GER Class G58
LNER Class J17
GER 1217 on loan to Barrow Hill, currently in black as LNER 8217
|Number rebuilt||60 from Class F48|
|UIC classification||C h2|
|Gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Driver diameter||4 ft 11 in (1.499 m)|
|Wheelbase||38 ft 0 in (11.58 m)|
|Length||50 ft 6 in (15.39 m)|
|Locomotive weight||45 tons 7.75 cwt (101,700 lb or 46.1 t)|
|Tender weight||38 tons 5 cwt (85,700 lb or 38.9 t)|
|Boiler pressure||180 lbf/in2 (1.24 MPa)|
|Firegrate area||21.6 sq ft (2.01 m2)|
|1,501.1 sq ft (139.46 m2)|
|Cylinder size||19 in × 26 in (483 mm × 660 mm)|
|Tractive effort||24,340 lbf (108.27 kN)|
|Railroad(s)||GER » LNER » BR|
|Power class||BR: 4F|
|Axle load class||LNER/BR: RA 4|
|Disposition||One preserved, remainder scrapped|
The GER Class G58 (LNER Class J17) was a class of 0-6-0 steam tender locomotives designed by James Holden for the Great Eastern Railway. The class consisted partly of new locomotives built 1905–1911 and partly of rebuilds of the earlier GER Class F48, originally built 1900–1903. The rebuilding started under GER auspicies from 1921 and was continued by the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) after grouping in 1923.
The earlier GER Class F48 were built between 1900 and 1903 and had round-top boilers; there were sixty of them. The G58 had Belpaire fireboxes, like those fitted to the F48 No. 1189, and later fitted to the Class D56 Claud Hamilton 4-4-0s. A further thirty of the Belpaire boiler type followed to form Class G58.
The class was superheated between 1915 and 1932. From 1921, all the round-top boilers were replaced by the Belpaire type and the majority were of the superheated type.
All the J16s had been rebuilt as J17s by 1932 and 89 J17s passed to British Railways (BR) in 1948. BR numbers were 65500–65589, of which 65500–59 were the rebuilds from F48 (J16). One number (65550) was blank, because locomotive no. 8200 had been destroyed in a German V-2 rocket explosion at Stratford in November 1944. The second locomotive was withdrawn in 1953, and the last in 1962.
Table of orders and numbers
|Year||Order No.||Quantity||GER Nos.||LNER Nos.||1946 Nos.||Notes|
GER no. 1217 (LNER 8217, 5567, BR 65567) was withdrawn in 1962 and subsequently acquired privately for preservation. It is now owned by the National Railway Museum, York, as part of the UK National Collection, but is presently on loan to the Barrow Hill Roundhouse and Railway Centre.
A 4mm scale kit is available from PDK Models 
- Aldrich 1969, p. 71
- Fry, E.V., ed. (September 1966). Locomotives of the LNER. Part 5. Tender engines—classes J1 to J37. Kenilworth: Railway Correspondence & Travel Society. p. 102. ISBN 0-901115-12-6.
- Fry 1966, pp. 99,100
- Fry 1966, p. 104
- Fry 1966, pp. 105–6
- Fry 1966, p. 100
- Aldrich 1969, pp. 141–143
- Aldrich 1969, p. 70
- PDK Price List page 2
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to GER Class G58 / LNER Class J17.|
- The Holden J16 & J17 (GER Classes F48 & G58) 0-6-0 Locomotives — LNER Encyclopedia
- F48 and G58 Class 0-6-0 — Great Eastern Railway Society