Highland Railway O Class

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Highland Railway O class
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer David Jones
Builder HR Lochgorm Works
Build date 1878–1879
Total produced 3
Specifications
Configuration 2-4-0T (rebuilt as 4-4-0T)
UIC classification 1′B t, rebuilt as 2′B t
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Leading wheel
diameter
New: 3 ft 9 12 in (1.156 m)
Rebuilt: 2 ft 7 12 in (0.800 m)
Driver diameter 4 ft 9 in (1.448 m)
Locomotive weight New: 36 long tons 0 cwt (80,600 lb or 36.6 t)
Rebuilt: 44 long tons 0 cwt (98,600 lb or 44.7 t)
Boiler pressure 140 lbf/in2 (0.97 MPa)
Heating surface:
– Total
913 sq ft (84.8 m2)
Cylinders Two, outside
Cylinder size 16 in × 22 in (406 mm × 559 mm)
Valve gear Allan
Performance figures
Tractive effort 12,158 lbf (54.08 kN)
Career
Operator(s) Highland Railway
London, Midland & Scottish
Class HR: O
Power class LMS: unclassified
Withdrawn 1928–1932

The Highland Railway O Class locomotives were built as 2-4-0T tank engines, but were soon rebuilt as 4-4-0Ts. They were designed by David Jones and three were built at the company's Lochgorm Works in 1878 and 1879.

Dimensions[edit]

They had 4-foot-9-inch (1,448 mm) coupled wheels, 16-by-22-inch (406 by 559 mm) outside cylinders and weight (in original condition) of 36 tons.

Numbering[edit]

Table of locomotives
HR No. Name Date built LMS No. Withdrawn Notes
58 Burghead December 1878 15011 1928 Name removed in 1900. Renumbered 58A in 1912 and 58B in 1920
59 Highlander June 1879 15010 1933 Name removed in 1900. Renumbered 59A in 1912 and 59B in 1920
17 Breadalbane December 1879 15012 1929 Renamed Aberfeldy in 1886; name removed in 1900. Renumbered 50 in 1901, 50A in 1912, 50B in 1920

Rebuilding[edit]

They were rebuilt as 4-4-0Ts in 1881–82 due to trouble with the single leading axle.

Transfer to LMS[edit]

All three were still in service in 1923, although relegated to shunting duties, and they were transferred to the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) at the Grouping.

References[edit]

  • Baxter, Bertram (1984). Baxter, David, ed. British Locomotive Catalogue 1825–1923, Volume 4: Scottish and remaining English Companies in the LMS Group. Ashbourne, Derbyshire: Moorland Publishing Company. p. 195. 
  • Casserley, H.C. & Johnston, Stuart W. (1974) [1966]. Locomotives at the Grouping 3: London, Midland and Scottish Railway. Shepperton, Surrey: Ian Allan. p. 153. ISBN 0-7110-0554-0. 
  • H. A. Vallance (1938) The Highland Railway