GER Class 527

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GER Class 527
2-6-0 GER 530.jpg
Class 527 No. 530
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer William Adams
Builder Neilson & Co.
Build date 1878–1879
Total produced 15
Configuration 2-6-0
UIC class 1′C n2
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Driver dia. 4 ft 10 in (1.473 m)
Loco weight 46 long tons 10 cwt (104,200 lb or 47.2 t)
Fuel type Coal
 • Firegrate area
17.8 sq ft (1.65 m2)
Boiler pressure 140 psi (0.97 MPa)
Heating surface 1,393 sq ft (129.4 m2)
Cylinders Two, outside
Cylinder size 19 in × 26 in (480 mm × 660 mm)
Operators Great Eastern Railway
Numbers 527–541
Nicknames Mogul
Withdrawn 1885–1887
Disposition All scrapped

The GER Class 527 was a class of fifteen 2-6-0 steam tender locomotives designed by William Adams for the Great Eastern Railway. This was the last design that Adams prepared for the GER, although they did not enter service until his successor Massey Bromley had taken office and incorporated some modifications to the design.


In order to haul heavier trains and compete for the coal traffic into London, the GER asked William Adams to design a locomotive capable of hauling a train of 400 long tons net (700 tons gross).


Tests were carried out with 265 class 4-4-0s to ensure that such trailing loads were feasible, followed by a prototype 2-6-0 number 527.[1] Number 527 was the first locomotive in Britain to use the 2-6-0 wheel arrangement, and was named Mogul after the Great Moguls of Delhi,[2] the epithet becoming the generic name for locomotives with that wheel arrangement.[1]


As was the GER's practice for locomotives built by outside contractors, the class was referred to by the number of the first locomotive,[3] subsequent locos being numbered sequentially up to 541.


They were used on coal trains from Peterborough to London, but were found uneconomic, and so had short lives, being withdrawn between 1885 and 1887.[2]


  1. ^ a b "The Adams Era". Great Eastern Railway Society. No. 527 Class 2-6-0 1878-1879. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  2. ^ a b Allen, Cecil J. (1956) [1955]. The Great Eastern Railway (2nd ed.). Hampton Court: Ian Allan. p. 96. 
  3. ^ "Locomotive Classifications". Great Eastern Railway Society. para. 5. Retrieved 21 March 2010.