GER Class S44

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GER Class S44
LNER Class G4
Specifications
Power type Steam
Designer James Holden
Builder Stratford Works
Build date 1898–1901
Total produced 40
Configuration 0-4-4T
UIC classification B2′ n2t
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Driver diameter 4 ft 11 in (1.499 m)
Trailing wheel
diameter
3 ft 1 in (0.940 m)
Wheelbase 22 ft 4 in (6.81 m)
Length 32 ft 8 in (9.96 m)
Weight on drivers 34 tons 2 cwt (76,400 lb or 34.7 t)
Locomotive weight 53 tons 7.5 cwt (119,600 lb or 54.2 t)
Fuel type Coal
Fuel capacity 2 tons 10 cwt (5,600 lb or 2.5 t)
Water capacity 1,349 imperial gallons (6,130 l; 1,620 US gal)
Boiler pressure 160 MPa (23,206.04 psi)
Firegrate area 15.3 sq ft (1.42 m2)
Heating surface:
– Total
1,084 sq ft (100.7 m2)
Cylinders Two, inside
Cylinder size 17 in × 24 in (430 mm × 610 mm)
Tractive effort 15,988 lbf (71.12 kN)
Career
Railroad(s) GER » LNER
Class GER: S44
LNER: G4
Withdrawn 1929–1939
Disposition All scrapped

The GER Class S44 was a class of forty 0-4-4T steam locomotives designed by James Holden for the Great Eastern Railway. They all passed to the London and North Eastern Railway at the 1923 grouping and received the classification G4.

History[edit]

These were the last 0-4-4T locomotives built for the Great Eastern Railway,[1] a type which, as side tanks, the GER had pioneered in Britain.[2] The locomotives were all built at Stratford Works and had 17-by-24-inch (432 mm × 610 mm) inside cylinders driving 4-foot-11-inch (1.499 m) wheels.[3]

Table of orders and numbers[1]
Year Order Quantity GER Nos. LNER Nos. Notes
1898–99 S44 10 1100–1109 8100–8109
1899 F47 10 1110–1119 8111–8119
1900 R48 10 1120–1129 8120–8129
1900–01 L50 10 1130–1139 8130–8139

All were still in service at the 1923 grouping; the LNER adding 7000 to the numbers of nearly all the ex-Great Eastern locomotives, including the Class S44 locomotives. Withdrawals started in 1929 with No. 8133 and finished in 1939 with 8139.[1]

Table of withdrawals[4]
Year Quantity in
service at
start of year
Quantity
withdrawn
Locomotive numbers Notes
1929 40 3 8103, 8120, 8133
1930 37 6 8102, 8108, 8111, 8118, 8121, 8128
1931 31 12 8100, 8104, 8106, 8107, 8112–8115, 8125, 8127, 8135, 8138
1932 19 5 8110, 8122, 8129, 8130, 8132
1933 14 6 8101, 8109, 8116, 8117, 8119, 8126
1934 8 4 8124, 8131, 8136, 8137
1936 4 1 8134
1938 3 2 8105, 8123
1939 1 1 8139

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Aldrich 1969, p. 97
  2. ^ Aldrich 1969, p. 95
  3. ^ Aldrich 1969, pp. 68–69
  4. ^ Aldrich 1969, pp. 140–141
  • Aldrich, C. Langley (1969). The Locomotives of the Great Eastern Railway 1862–1962 (7th ed.). Wickford, Essex: C. Langley Aldrich. OCLC 30278831. 

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