Midland Railway 480 Class

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Midland Railway 480 Class
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer Matthew Kirtley
Build date 1863–1868
Total produced 224
Configuration 0-6-0
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Fuel type Coal

The Midland Railway 480 Class was a class of double framed 0-6-0 steam locomotive, designed by Matthew Kirtley for the Midland Railway of Britain. They were built between 1863 and 1868.


They were a development of the 240 Class, with curved frames, and were themselves developed into the 700 Class.


In total, 224 were built. Most survived to London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) ownership in 1923 but only 3 survived the mass withdrawals of the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 24 December 1910, locomotive No. 549 was one of two hauling an express passenger train that was in collision with a pair of light engines at Ais Gill, Westmorland due to a signalman's error. Twelve people were killed and seventeen were injured.[1]


After the Midland Railway's 1907 renumbering scheme, the numbers were:

  • 2398–2591 and
  • 2672–2673

This totals 196 locomotives, so it must be assumed that 28 had been withdrawn before 1907.


  1. ^ Gerard, Malcolm; Hamilton, J. A. B. (1981) [1967]. Trains to Nowhere. London: Georg Allen & Unwin. pp. 18–22. ISBN 0-04-385084-7.