GCR Class 9Q

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GCR Class 9Q
LNER Class B7
Darnall Locomotive Depot geograph-2613686-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
LNER 1386, (formerly 5034), at Darnall Locomotive Depot in 1949
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer John G. Robinson
Build date 1921–1924
Total produced 38
Configuration 4-6-0
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Leading dia. 3 ft 6 in (1.067 m)
Driver dia. 5 ft 8 in (1.727 m)
Length 63 ft 0 in (19.202 m)
Loco weight 127 long tons (129 t)
Fuel type Coal
 • Firegrate area
26 sq ft (2.4 m2)[1]
Boiler pressure 180 psi (1.24 MPa)
Heating surface 2,044 sq ft (189.9 m2)[1]
 • Heating area 343 sq ft (31.9 m2)[1]
Cylinders Four
Cylinder size 16 in × 26 in (406 mm × 660 mm)
Performance figures
Tractive effort 29,953 lbf (133.2 kN)
Retired 1948–1950
Disposition All scrapped

The GCR Class 9Q, classified B7 by the LNER, was a class of 4-6-0 mixed traffic locomotives designed by John G. Robinson for fast goods, relief passenger and excursion services on the Great Central Railway. They were a smaller wheeled version of Robinson’s earlier Class 9P "Lord Faringdon" express passenger class (LNER Class B3).


GCR locomotives[edit]

The GCR built two batches at Gorton locomotive works, during 1921 and 1922, and they also ordered batches from Vulcan Foundry and the Beyer, Peacock and Company. Twenty eight locomotives had been delivered by Grouping in 1923. The GCR found that they were rather heavy on coal - this led to their nickname of "Black Pigs" - although not much worse than other 4 cylinder designs of the time. They were also remarkably quick to say that they had only 5ft 8in wheels and often pulled heavy expresses in the early period of their career.[citation needed]

LNER locomotives[edit]

The London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) ordered a fifth batch of ten locomotives from Gorton works and these were delivered between August 1923 and March 1924.[2]


The last batch had reduced boiler mountings and detail differences to the cab to conform to the new LNER loading gauge. These were classified B7/2. The earlier batches were classified B7/1.

Thirty-eight locomotives passed to British Railways in 1948, but withdrawal began soon afterwards. Some locomotives surviving in 1949 were renumbered between 61702 and 61713 to make more room for Thompson Class B1 locomotives then under construction.


None have been preserved.


Year Maker GCR Nos. LNER Nos. LNER 1942 Nos. BR Nos. BR 1949 No.
1921 Gorton 72, 73, 78 5072, 5073, 5078 1360–1362 (61360–61362)
1921 Vulcan Foundry 36–38, 458–564 5036–5038, 5458–5464 1363–1372 (61363–61372) 61702–61703
1921–22 Gorton 465–474 5465–5474 1373–1382 (61373–61382) 61704–61707
1922 Beyer, Peacock 31–35 5031–5035 1383–1387 (61383–61387) 61708–61709
1923–24 Gorton 475–482, –, – 5475–5484 1388–1397 (61388–61397) 61710–61713


  1. ^ a b c Boddy et al. 1975, p. 38.
  2. ^ Boddy et al. 1975, p. 42.
  • Boddy, M. G.; Brown, W. A.; Fry, E. V.; Hennigan, W.; Hoole, Ken; Manners, F.; Neve, E.; Platt, E. N. T.; Proud, P.; Yeadon, W. B. (March 1975). Fry, E. V., ed. Locomotives of the L.N.E.R., Part 2B: Tender Engines—Classes B1 to B19. Lincoln: RCTS. ISBN 0-901115-73-8.