GCR Class 11F

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GCR Class 11F
LNER Class D11
GCR Class 11F 62690 (LNER D11/2 No. 6397) The Lady of the Lake at Haymarket MPD, Edinburgh, in 1958
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer John G. Robinson
Build date 1919–1924
Total produced 35
 • Whyte 4-4-0
 • UIC 2′B h2
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Leading dia. 3 ft 6 in (1.067 m)
Driver dia. 6 ft 9 in (2.057 m)
Length 56 ft 5.5 in (17.209 m)
Loco weight 61.15 long tons (62.13 t; 68.49 short tons)
Tender weight 48.30 long tons (49.08 t; 54.10 short tons)
Fuel type Coal
Fuel capacity 6 long tons 0 cwt (13,400 lb or 6.1 t)
Water cap 4,000 imp gal (18,000 l; 4,800 US gal)
 • Firegrate area
26.5 sq ft (2.46 m2)
Boiler pressure 180 psi (1.24 MPa)
Heating surface 1,543 sq ft (143.3 m2)[1]
 • Tubes 972 sq ft (90.3 m2)[1]
 • Flues 416 sq ft (38.6 m2)[1]
 • Firebox 155 sq ft (14.4 m2)[1]
 • Heating area 209 sq ft (19.4 m2)
Cylinders Two, inside
Cylinder size 20 in × 26 in (508 mm × 660 mm)
Valve gear Stephenson
Valve type 10 inches (254 mm) piston valves
Performance figures
Tractive effort 19,645 lbf (87.4 kN)
  • GCR: 11F
  • LNER: D11/1, D11/2
Power class BR: 3P2F
Withdrawn 1958–1962
Disposition One preserved, remainder scrapped

The Great Central Railway Class 11F or Improved Director Class is a class of 4-4-0 steam locomotive designed by John G. Robinson for passenger work. The LNER classified them as Class D11 from 1923. They were based on the earlier GCR Class 11E "Director" class (LNER D10).

There were two subclasses: D11/1 were the original GCR engines and D11/2 were those built in 1924 by the LNER to a reduced loading gauge with smaller boiler mountings for hauling passenger trains in Scotland.

Operational career[edit]

The 11F Class was initially used on passenger work on the GCR system, including fast expresses from Sheffield Victoria to London Marylebone. Later in their careers, they were used on short distance passenger trains. On lines of the Cheshire Lines Committee during the late 1940s and early 1950s, they hauled expresses between Manchester Central and Liverpool Central; also semi-fast trains from Manchester Central via Northwich to Chester Northgate.

Their 6 ft 9 inches driving wheels made them fast locos, but consequently unsuitable for hauling freight trains. The eleven original 11F locos were withdrawn during 1959 and 1960 as diesel multiple units took over operation of the shorter distance passenger trains.


Barrow Hill in March 2011

The first member of the GCR Class 11F, No. 506 Butler-Henderson, was withdrawn from use by British Railways during 1960. It has been preserved as part of the UK National Collection and currently wears restored GCR colours. No. 506 is the only surviving GCR passenger locomotive.

The locomotive operated passenger trains on the preserved Great Central Railway in Leicestershire during the late 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s but is now out of running order and is a static exhibit. The locomotive was placed on long term loan for display at Barrow Hill Engine Shed, near Chesterfield, in 2005. As of early 2014, No. 506 Butler-Henderson was still on display at Barrowhill Roundhouse,[2] next to British Railways Class A2 No. 60532 Blue Peter. According to the Great Central Railway Plc, it is to be exhibited at the proposed Leicester Museum (NRM Endorsed) along with LNER class V2 Green Arrow.

Stock list[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Boddy et al. 1981, p. 86.
  2. ^ "Director class "Butler Henderson", Great Central Railway". York: The Board of Trustees of the National Railway Museum. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  • Boddy, M.G.; Brown, W.A.; Hennigan, W.; Neve, E.; Platt, E.N.T.; Russell, O.; Yeadon, W.B. (January 1981). Fry, E.V., ed. Locomotives of the L.N.E.R., part 3B: Tender Engines - Classes D1 to D12. Kenilworth: RCTS. ISBN 0-901115-46-0. 

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