GER Class 127

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GER Class 127
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer Thomas William Worsdell and/or James Holden
Builder Stratford Works
Order number DP203
Build date 1888
Total produced 1
 • Whyte 0-6-0
 • UIC C n2v
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Driver dia. 4 ft 10 in (1.473 m)
Fuel type Coal
Cylinders Two, inside, compound
High-pressure cylinder 18 in × 24 in (457 mm × 610 mm)
Low-pressure cylinder 26 in × 24 in (660 mm × 610 mm)
Valve gear Stephenson
Operators Great Eastern Railway
Numbers 127, 935 from 1890
Disposition Rebuilt as Class N31 in 1895, withdrawn and scrapped in 1913

The GER Class 127 was a class of a solitary experimental 0-6-0 compound steam locomotive built by the Great Eastern Railway at its Stratford Works in 1888. It was rebuilt as a simple locomotive in 1895, and withdrawn in 1913.


The locomotive, numbered 127, emerged from Stratford Works in 1888, having been built to a 'Departmental and Personal' account (DP203)[1] rather than the normal 'letter' account, indicating its experimental status.

It was designed using the two-cylinder Worsdell/Von Borries compound system, and therefore its initial design may have been by Thomas William Worsdell, before he left the Great Eastern Railway for the Locomotive Superintendency of the North Eastern Railway in 1885.[2]

The locomotive had an 18-inch (457 mm) diameter high-pressure cylinder, and a 26-inch (660 mm) diameter low-pressure cylinder; both had a 24-inch (610 mm) stroke. This arrangement was the same as that used on the Class G16 passenger 4-4-0 locomotives.[1][3]

It was reboilered and renumbered 935 in 1890,[1] and rebuilt as a simple-expansion locomotive in 1895,[2] whereupon it was considered part of the Class N31, and was withdrawn in 1913.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Aldrich 1969, p. 77
  2. ^ a b No. 127 Class, Great Eastern Railway Society
  3. ^ Aldrich 1969, p. 33
  • Aldrich, C. Langley (1969). The Locomotives of the Great Eastern Railway 1862–1962 (7th ed.). Wickford, Essex: C. Langley Aldrich. OCLC 30278831. 
  • "‘No. 127 Class’ 0-6-0 1887". Great Eastern Railway Society. Retrieved 2011-06-29.