GER Class P43

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GER Class P43
GER 4-2-2 Class P43 No10.jpg
No. 10, the first of the class.
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer James Holden
Builder Stratford Works
Order number P43
Build date 1898
Total produced 10
Specifications
Configuration 4-2-2
UIC class 2′A1 n2
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Leading dia. 3 ft 9 in (1.143 m)
Driver dia. 7 ft 0 in (2.134 m)
Trailing dia. 4 ft 0 in (1.219 m)
Wheelbase 43 ft 11 in (13.39 m)
Length 53 ft 3 in (16.23 m) over buffers
Adhesive weight 18 long tons 0 cwt (40,300 lb or 18.3 t)
Loco weight 50 long tons 0 cwt (112,000 lb or 50.8 t)
Tender weight 30 long tons 12.5 cwt (68,600 lb or 31.1 t)
Fuel type Oil (supplemented by coal)
Fuel capacity Oil: 650–715 imp gal (2,950–3,250 l; 781–859 US gal)
Coal: 1 long ton 10 cwt (3,400 lb or 1.5 t)
Water cap 2,640 or 2,790 imp gal (12,000 or 12,700 l; 3,170 or 3,350 US gal)
Firebox:
 • Firegrate area
21.4 sq ft (1.99 m2)
Boiler pressure 160 lbf/in2 (1.10 MPa)
Heating surface 1,292.73 sq ft (120.099 m2)
Cylinders Two,
Cylinder size 18 in × 26 in (460 mm × 660 mm)
Performance figures
Tractive effort 13,639 lbf (60.67 kN)
Career
Operators Great Eastern Railway
Numbers 10–19
Withdrawn 1907–1910
Disposition All scrapped

The GER Class P43 was a class of ten 4-2-2 steam tender locomotives designed by James Holden for the Great Eastern Railway. They were the last 'singles' built for the Great Eastern, and the last in service.

History[edit]

Constructed with oil-burning apparatus to speed the elite from the City of London to Cromer, West Runton & Sheringham[1] and capable of reaching North Walsham non-stop in just over two and a half hours.[2] They had 18-by-26-inch (457 mm × 660 mm) inside cylinders and 7-foot-0-inch (2.134 m) driving wheels.[3]

Only a single batch of ten was built, all on order P43 in 1898, numbered 10 to 19. They had a short working life, as they were incapable of handing increasing heavy trains. They were withdrawn between 1907 and 1910.

Table of withdrawals[4]
Year Quantity in
service at
start of year
Quantity
withdrawn
Locomotive numbers
1907 10 2 14, 18
1908 8 5 10, 11, 15, 16, 17
1909 3 1 19
1910 2 2 12, 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rous-Marten 1902, p. 272.
  2. ^ Rous-Marten 1898b
  3. ^ Aldrich 1969, pp. 68–69 quoting S. D. Holden's personal locomotive register
  4. ^ Aldrich 1969, p. 35.
  • 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. 
  • Rous-Marten, C. (1898b). Engineer.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  • Rous-Marten, C. (1902). Railway Magazine. 11: 272.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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