GCR Class 5

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GCR Class 5
LNER Class J62
Wrexham Locomotive Depot geograph-2378202-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
No. 8201 at Wrexham Locomotive Depot 1947
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer Harry Pollitt (engineer)
Builder Gorton Works
Build date 1897
Total produced 12
 • Whyte 0-6-0ST
 • UIC C n2t
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Driver dia. 3 ft 6 in (1.067 m)
Wheelbase 12 ft 0 in (3.66 m)
Length 26 ft 11.5 in (8.22 m) over buffers
Loco weight 30 long tons 17 cwt (69,100 lb or 31.3 t)
Fuel type Coal
Fuel capacity 1 long ton 10 cwt (3,400 lb or 1.5 t)
Water cap 600 imp gal (2,730 l; 721 US gal)
 • Firegrate area
11.43 sq ft (1.062 m2)
Boiler pressure 150 psi (1.03 MPa)
Heating surface 590 sq ft (55 m2)
Cylinders Two, outside
Cylinder size 13 in × 20 in (330 mm × 508 mm)
Performance figures
Tractive effort 10,260 lbf (45.64 kN)
  • GCR: 5
  • LNER: J62
Nicknames Dock Tanks
Locale Grimsby, Immingham & Mersey Docks
Delivered 1897
Withdrawn 1935–1951
Disposition All scrapped

The GCR Class 5 (LNER Class J62) was a class of twelve 0-6-0 steam tank locomotives designed by Harry Pollitt (engineer) for work in docks operated by the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway (MS&LR) later renamed Great Central Railway (GCR).


These locomotives were designed by Pollitt for working at Grimsby and other dock locations. (No. 891 was the last engine to be built by the MS&LR, and No. 892 the first engine to be built by the GCR both in 1897.) They passed to the London and North Eastern Railway at the grouping in 1923 and received the LNER classification J62. Withdrawals began in 1935, but there were three examples surviving in 1948 which passed to British Railways ownership. The last example was withdrawn in 1951.

One example (No. 889) was rebuilt in 1903 as an 0-6-2ST crane tank but reverted to its original form in 1918 after a collision.


  • 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. (November 1970). Fry, E. V., ed. Locomotives of the L.N.E.R., part 8A: Tank Engines - Classes J50 to J70. Kenilworth: RCTS. ISBN 0-901115-05-3. [page needed]

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