Thomas Wheatley (locomotive engineer)

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Thomas Wheatley
(locomotive engineer)
Born 1821
Micklefield, Leeds
Nationality British
Engineering career
Engineering discipline Mechanical engineering

Thomas Wheatley was born in Micklefield, Leeds in 1821. He worked for several British railway companies and rose to become a Locomotive Superintendent at the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) and the North British Railway (NBR).

Career[edit]

He became an apprentice with the Leeds and Selby Railway and later worked for the Midland Railway and the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway. Subsequently, he was Locomotive Superintendent for the Southern Division of the London and North Western Railway for 5 years. From 1867-1874 he was Locomotive Superintendent of the North British Railway (NBR). Prior to 1867 the post had been split across divisions.[1]

Locomotives[edit]

Under Wheatley's superintendency, 185 new locomotives were added to NBR stock, and a number of old engines were rebuilt for further service.[2] Only eight of the new locomotives were intended for express passenger trains.[3] Locomotives designed by Thomas Wheatley included:

NBR class Power class Type Introduced Driving wheel Total Grouping LNER class Extinct Notes
141 2-4-0 1869 6 ft 6 in (1,980 mm) 2 1915 [4]
38 2-4-0 1869 6 ft 0 in (1,830 mm) 1 1912 [5]
418 P 2-4-0 1873 6 ft 0 in (1,830 mm) 8 6 E7 1927 [6][7]
40 2-4-0 1873 5 ft 0 in (1,520 mm) 2 1903 [8]
224 4-4-0 1871 6 ft 6 in (1,980 mm) 2 1919 [9]
420 4-4-0 1873 6 ft 6 in (1,980 mm) 4 1918 [10]
251 E 0-6-0 1867 4 ft 3 in (1,300 mm) 38 3 J84 1924 [11][12]
56 0-6-0 1868 5 ft 0 in (1,520 mm) 8 1914 [13]
17 0-6-0 1869 4 ft 6 in (1,370 mm) 1 1914 [14]
396 E 0-6-0 1867 5 ft 0 in (1,520 mm) 88 37 J31 1937 [15][16][17]
293 0-6-0 1872 5 ft 0 in (1,520 mm) 1 1907 [18]
357 0-4-0 1868 5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm) 2 1 Y10[19] 1925 [20][21]
226 E 0-6-0ST 1870 5 ft 0 in (1,520 mm) 2 1 J86 1924 [22][23]
229 1871 15 1 J81 1924 [24][25]
112 0-6-0ST 1870 4 ft 6 in (1,370 mm) 3 1910 [26]
282 0-6-0ST 1866 4 ft 1 in (1,240 mm) 3 1921 [27]
130 E 0-6-0ST 1870 4 ft 3 in (1,300 mm) 10 1 J85 1924 [28][29]
32 0-6-0ST 1874 3 ft 6 in (1,070 mm) 6 1907 [30]
18 0-4-0ST 1872 3 ft 0 in (910 mm) 2 1906 [31]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Marsden (Thomas Wheatley)
  2. ^ SLS 1970, p. 62
  3. ^ SLS 1970, p. 63
  4. ^ SLS 1970, pp. 62–63
  5. ^ SLS 1970, pp. 63–64
  6. ^ SLS 1970, pp. 64–65
  7. ^ Boddy et al. 1968, pp. 154–6
  8. ^ SLS 1970, pp. 65–66
  9. ^ SLS 1970, pp. 66–67
  10. ^ SLS 1970, pp. 67–68
  11. ^ SLS 1970, pp. 68–70
  12. ^ Allen et al. 1971, pp. 68–70
  13. ^ SLS 1970, pp. 70–71
  14. ^ SLS 1970, p. 71
  15. ^ SLS 1970, pp. 71–75
  16. ^ Fry 1966, pp. 188–194
  17. ^ Marsden (The Wheatley J31)
  18. ^ SLS 1970, p. 75
  19. ^ Marsden (The Wheatley Y10)
  20. ^ SLS 1970, pp. 75–76
  21. ^ Boddy et al. 1984, pp. 164–6
  22. ^ SLS 1970, pp. 76–77
  23. ^ Allen et al. 1971, pp. 72–74
  24. ^ SLS 1970, pp. 76–77
  25. ^ Allen et al. 1971, pp. 56–59
  26. ^ SLS 1970, pp. 77–78
  27. ^ SLS 1970, pp. 78–79
  28. ^ SLS 1970, pp. 79–80
  29. ^ Allen et al. 1971, pp. 70–72
  30. ^ SLS 1970, p. 80
  31. ^ SLS 1970, pp. 80–81

References[edit]

  • Boddy, M.G.; Brown, W.A.; Fry, E.V.; Hennigan, W.; Manners, F.; Neve, E.; Tee, D.F.; Yeadon, W.B. (April 1968). Fry, E.V., ed. Locomotives of the L.N.E.R., part 4: Tender Engines - Classes D25 to E7. Kenilworth: RCTS. ISBN 0-901115-01-0. 
  • Boddy, M. G.; Brown, W. A.; Hennigan, W.; Hoole, Ken; Neve, E.; Yeadon, W. B. (September 1984). Fry, E. V., ed. Locomotives of the L.N.E.R., Part 6C: Tender Engines—Classes Q1 to Y10. Kenilworth: RCTS. ISBN 0-901115-55-X. 
  • Allen, D. W.; Boddy, M. G.; Brown, W. A.; Fry, E. V.; Hennigan, W.; Manners, F.; Neve, E.; Proud, P.; Roundthwaite, T. E.; Tee, D. F.; Yeadon, W. B. (February 1971). Fry, E. V., ed. Locomotives of the L.N.E.R., part 8B: Tank Engines - Classes J71 to J94. Kenilworth: RCTS. ISBN 0-901115-06-1. 
  • Fry, E.V., ed. (September 1966). Locomotives of the L.N.E.R., part 5: Tender Engines - Classes J1 to J37. Kenilworth: RCTS. ISBN 0-901115-12-6. 
  • Marsden, Richard (ed.). "Thomas Wheatley". The London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  • Marsden, Richard (ed.). "The Wheatley J31 (NBR Class R) 0-6-0 Locomotives". The London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  • Marsden, Richard (ed.). "The Wheatley Y10". The London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  • Locomotives of the North British Railway 1846-1882. Stephenson Locomotive Society. 1970. 
Business positions
Preceded by
See above
Locomotive Superintendent of the North British Railway
1867–1874
Succeeded by
Dugald Drummond
1875-1882