GER Class G58

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GER Class G58
LNER Class J17
LNER 8217 (6928529172).jpg
Specifications
Power type Steam
Designer James Holden
Builder Stratford Works
Build date 1905–1911
Total produced 30
Rebuild date 1921–1932
Number rebuilt 60 from Class F48
Configuration 0-6-0
UIC classification C h2
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 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)
Fuel type Coal
Boiler pressure 180 lbf/in2 (1.24 MPa)
Firegrate area 21.6 sq ft (2.01 m2)
Heating surface:
– Total
1,501.1 sq ft (139.46 m2)
Cylinders Two, inside
Cylinder size 19 in × 26 in (483 mm × 660 mm)
Tractive effort 24,340 lbf (108.27 kN)
Career
Railroad(s) GER » LNER » BR
Class GER: G58,
LNER: J17
Power class BR: 4F
Axle load class LNER/BR: RA 4
Withdrawn 1944, 1953–62
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.

History[edit]

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.[1] A further thirty of the Belpaire boiler type followed to form Class G58.

Superheating[edit]

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.

Blastpipes[edit]

At first Macallan blastpipes were fitted, but later the Stone's variable blastpipe was substituted. Plain blastpipes were substituted between 1924 and 1929.[2]

LNER ownership[edit]

On the LNER, those retaining round-top fireboxes were classified J16, and those built, or rebuilt, with Belpaire fireboxes were classified J17.[3] The J16 category ceased to exist in 1932.[1]

BR ownership[edit]

All the J16s had been rebuilt as J17s by 1932 and 89 J17s passed to British Railways (BR) in 1948.[4] BR numbers were 65500–65589, of which 65500–59 were the rebuilds from F48 (J16).[5] One number (65550) was blank, because locomotive no. 8200 had been destroyed in a German V-2 rocket explosion at Stratford in November 1944.[1][6] The second locomotive was withdrawn in 1953, and the last in 1962.[7]

Table of orders and numbers[edit]

Table of orders and numbers (Class G58)[8]
Year Order No. Quantity GER Nos. LNER Nos. 1946 Nos. Notes
1905 G58 10 1210–1219 8210–8219 5560–5569
1905–06 S59 10 1220–1229 8220–8229 5570–5579
1910–11 T67 10 1230–1239 8230–8239 5580–5589

Preservation[edit]

GER no. 1217 (LNER 8217, 5567, BR 65567) was withdrawn in 1962 and subsequently acquired privately for preservation.[1] 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.

Modelling[edit]

A 4mm scale kit is available from PDK Models [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Aldrich 1969, p. 71
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Fry 1966, pp. 99,100
  4. ^ Fry 1966, p. 104
  5. ^ Fry 1966, pp. 105–6
  6. ^ Fry 1966, p. 100
  7. ^ Aldrich 1969, pp. 141–143
  8. ^ Aldrich 1969, p. 70
  9. ^ PDK Price List page 2
  • Aldrich, C. Langley (1969). The Locomotives of the Great Eastern Railway 1862–1962 (7th ed.). Wickford, Essex: C. Langley Aldrich. OCLC 30278831. 
  • Ian Allan ABC of British Railways Locomotives, 1948 edition, part 4, page 41

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