GER Class P43

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GER Class P43
GER 4-2-2 Class P43 No10.jpg
No. 10, the first of the class.
Specifications
Power type Steam
Designer James Holden
Builder Stratford Works
Order number P43
Build date 1898
Total produced 10
Configuration 4-2-2
UIC classification 2′A1 n2
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Leading wheel
diameter
3 ft 9 in (1.143 m)
Driver diameter 7 ft 0 in (2.134 m)
Trailing wheel
diameter
4 ft 0 in (1.219 m)
Wheelbase 43 ft 11 in (13.39 m)
Length 53 ft 3 in (16.23 m) over buffers
Weight on drivers 18 tons 0 cwt (40,300 lb or 18.3 t)
Locomotive weight 50 tons 0 cwt (112,000 lb or 50.8 t)
Tender weight 30 tons 12.5 cwt (68,600 lb or 31.1 t)
Fuel type Oil (supplemented by coal)
Fuel capacity Oil: 650–715 imp gal (2,950–3,250 l; 781–859 US gal)
Coal: 1 ton 10 cwt (3,400 lb or 1.5 t)
Water capacity 2,640 or 2,790 imp gal (12,000 or 12,700 l; 3,170 or 3,350 US gal)
Boiler pressure 160 lbf/in2 (1.10 MPa)
Firegrate area 21.4 sq ft (1.99 m2)
Heating surface:
– Total
1,292.73 sq ft (120.099 m2)
Cylinders Two,
Cylinder size 18 in × 26 in (460 mm × 660 mm)
Tractive effort 13,639 lbf (60.67 kN)
Career
Operator(s) Great Eastern Railway
Number(s) 10–19
Withdrawn 1907–1910
Disposition All scrapped

The GER Class P43 was a class of ten 4-2-2 steam tender locomotives designed by James Holden for the Great Eastern Railway. They were the last 'singles' built for the Great Eastern, and the last in service.

History[edit]

Constructed with oil-burning apparatus to speed the elite from the City of London to Cromer, West Runton & Sheringham[1] and capable of reaching North Walsham non-stop in just over two and a half hours.[2] They had 18-by-26-inch (457 mm × 660 mm) inside cylinders and 7-foot-0-inch (2.134 m) driving wheels.[3]

Only a single batch of ten was built, all on order P43 in 1898, numbered 10 to 19. They had a short working life, as they were incapable of handing increasing heavy trains. They were withdrawn between 1907 and 1910.

Table of withdrawals[4]
Year Quantity in
service at
start of year
Quantity
withdrawn
Locomotive numbers
1907 10 2 14, 18
1908 8 5 10, 11, 15, 16, 17
1909 3 1 19
1910 2 2 12, 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Rous-Marten 1902:272)
  2. ^ Rous-Marten 1898b
  3. ^ Aldrich 1969, pp. 68–69 quoting S. D. Holden's personal locomotive register
  4. ^ Aldrich 1969, p. 35
  • Aldrich, C. Langley (1969). The Locomotives of the Great Eastern Railway 1862–1962 (7th ed.). Wickford, Essex: C. Langley Aldrich. OCLC 30278831. 
  • Rous-Marten, C. (1898b). Engineer. 
  • Rous-Marten, C. (1902). Railway Magazine 11: 272. 

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