NER Class E1

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NER Class E1
LNER Class J72
Sunderland South Dock Locomotive Depot geograph-2380522-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
One of 'modern' J72 0-6-0T's 69007 at Middlesbrough Locomotive Depot, 1954
Power type Steam
Designer Wilson Worsdell
Build date 1898-1951
Configuration 0-6-0T
Gauge standard gauge
Driver diameter 4 ft 1.25 in (1.251 m)
Locomotive weight 38.6 long tons (39.2 t)
Fuel type coal
Boiler pressure 140 psi (970 kPa)
Cylinders two inside
Cylinder size 17 in × 24 in (430 mm × 610 mm)
Tractive effort 16,760 lbf (74,600 N)
Class 2F

The North Eastern Railway Class E1, classified as Class J72 by the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) is a class of small 0-6-0T steam locomotives designed by Wilson Worsdell for shunting. They had inside cylinders and Stephenson valve gear.

They were a development of the earlier NER Class E (LNER Class J71) 0-6-0T designed by T.W. Worsdell who was Wilson Worsdell's brother.

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A total of 113 locomotives were built:

This is a rare, possibly unique, example of a locomotive class which was built, substantially unchanged, under pre-grouping, post-grouping and British Railways administration.


69023 in a hybrid apple green scheme in 2014 when running on the Wensleydale Railway

British Railways numbers were:

  • 68670-68754 (pre-nationalisation locos)
  • 69001-69028 (new locos)


One of the BR built engines, No. 69023, survives and is owned by the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group. It has worked on several preserved railways. It has been named Joem, though it never carried this name in service. In contrast to the normal black paint finish, this loco operates in a hybrid NER/LNER/BR apple green paint scheme.

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