GER Class G58

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GER Class G58
LNER Class J17
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Type and origin
Power typeSteam
DesignerJames Holden
BuilderStratford Works
Build date1905–1911
Total produced30
Rebuild date1921–1932
Number rebuilt60 from Class F48
 • Whyte0-6-0
 • UICC h2
Gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Driver dia.4 ft 11 in (1.499 m)
Wheelbase38 ft 0 in (11.58 m)
Length50 ft 6 in (15.39 m)
Loco weight45 long tons 7.75 cwt (101,700 lb or 46.1 t)
Tender weight38 long tons 5 cwt (85,700 lb or 38.9 t)
Fuel typeCoal
Fuel capacity5 long tons 0 cwt (11,200 lb or 5.1 t)
Water cap3,500 imp gal (16,000 l; 4,200 US gal)
 • Firegrate area
21.6 sq ft (2.01 m2)
Boiler pressure180 lbf/in2 (1.24 MPa)
Heating surface1,501.1 sq ft (139.46 m2)
CylindersTwo, inside
Cylinder size19 in × 26 in (483 mm × 660 mm)
Performance figures
Tractive effort24,340 lbf (108.27 kN)
OperatorsGER » LNER » BR
ClassGER: G58,
Power classBR: 4F
Axle load classLNER/BR: RA 4
Withdrawn1944, 1953–62
DispositionOne preserved, remainder scrapped

The GER Class G58 (LNER Class J17) was a class of 0-6-0 steam tender locomotives designed by James Holden for the Great Eastern Railway in England. The class consisted partly of new locomotives built from 1905 to 1911 and partly of rebuilds of the earlier GER Class F48 built from 1900 to 1903. The rebuilding started under GER auspices from 1921 and was continued by the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) after grouping in 1923.


The earlier GER Class F48 were built between 1900 and 1903 and had round-top boilers; there were sixty of them. The G58 had Belpaire fireboxes, like those fitted to the F48 No. 1189, and later fitted to the Class D56 Claud Hamilton 4-4-0s.[1] A further thirty of the Belpaire boiler type followed to form Class G58.

Table of orders and numbers (Class G58)[2]
Year Order No. Quantity GER Nos. LNER Nos. 1946 Nos. Notes
1905 G58 10 1210–1219 8210–8219 5560–5569
1905–06 S59 10 1220–1229 8220–8229 5570–5579
1910–11 T67 10 1230–1239 8230–8239 5580–5589


The class was superheated between 1915 and 1932. From 1921, all the round-top boilers were replaced by the Belpaire type and the majority were of the superheated type.


At first Macallan blastpipes were fitted, but later the Stone's variable blastpipe was substituted. Plain blastpipes were substituted between 1924 and 1929.[3]

LNER ownership[edit]

On the LNER, those retaining round-top fireboxes were classified J16, and those built, or rebuilt, with Belpaire fireboxes were classified J17.[4] The J16 category ceased to exist in 1932.[1]

BR ownership[edit]

All the J16s had been rebuilt as J17s by 1932 and 89 J17s passed to British Railways (BR) in 1948.[5] BR numbers were 65500–65589, of which 65500–59 were the rebuilds from F48 (J16).[6] One number (65550) was blank, because locomotive no. 8200 had been destroyed in a German V-2 rocket explosion at Stratford in November 1944.[1][7] The second locomotive was withdrawn in 1953, and the last in 1962.[8]


GER no. 1217 (LNER 8217, 5567, BR 65567) was withdrawn in 1962 and acquired privately for preservation.[1] It is owned by the National Railway Museum, York, as part of the UK National Collection, but is on loan to the Barrow Hill Roundhouse and Railway Centre.

G58 No. 1217


A 4 mm scale kit is available from PDK Models [9]


  1. ^ a b c d Aldrich 1969, p. 71.
  2. ^ Aldrich 1969, p. 70.
  3. ^ Fry 1966, p. 102.
  4. ^ Fry 1966, pp. 99, 100.
  5. ^ Fry 1966, p. 104.
  6. ^ Fry 1966, pp. 105–106.
  7. ^ Fry 1966, p. 100.
  8. ^ Aldrich 1969, pp. 141–143.
  9. ^ PDK Price List page 2
  • Aldrich, C. Langley (1969). The Locomotives of the Great Eastern Railway 1862–1962 (7th ed.). Wickford, Essex: C. Langley Aldrich. OCLC 30278831.
  • Baxter, Bertram (2012). Baxter, David; Mitchell, Peter, eds. British Locomotive Catalogue 1825–1923, Volume 6: Great Eastern Railway, North British Railway, Great North of Scotland Railway, Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway, remaining companies in the LNER group. Southampton: Kestrel Railway Books. ISBN 978-1-905505-26-5.
  • Fry, E. V., ed. (September 1966). Locomotives of the L.N.E.R., Part 5: Tender Engines—Classes J1 to J37. Kenilworth: RCTS. ISBN 0-901115-12-6.
  • Ian Allan ABC of British Railways Locomotives, 1948 edition, part 4, page 41

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