Highland Railway Jones Goods Class

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Highland Railway Big Goods or class I
“Jones Goods”
Highland Railway Jones Goods Class No 103 at the Riverside Museum.jpg
Preserved No. 103 inside the Riverside Museum
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer David Jones
Builder Sharp, Stewart & Co.
Serial number 4022–4036
Build date 1894
Total produced 15
Configuration 4-6-0
UIC class 2′C n2
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Leading dia. 3 ft 2 12 in (0.978 m)
Driver dia. 5 ft 3 in (1.600 m)
Loco weight 56 long tons 0 cwt (125,400 lb or 56.9 t)
Water cap 3,000 imperial gallons (14,000 l; 3,600 US gal)
Boiler 4 ft 7 78 in (1.42 m) diameter
Boiler pressure 170 lbf/in2 (1.17 MPa), later 175 lbf/in2 (1.21 MPa)
Heating surface 1,672.5 sq ft (155.38 m2)
Cylinders Two, outside
Cylinder size 20 in × 26 in (508 mm × 660 mm)
Performance figures
Tractive effort 24,555 lbf (109.23 kN)
Operators Highland Railway
London, Midland & Scottish
British Railways (Only as a preserved loco)
Class HR: Big Goods; I (from 1901)
Power class LMS: 4F
Numbers HR: 103–117
LMS: 17916–17930
Withdrawn 1929–1940
Disposition One preserved, remainder scrapped

The Highland Railway Jones Goods class was a class of steam locomotive, and was notable as the first class with a 4-6-0 wheel arrangement in the British Isles. Fifteen were built, and one has survived to preservation. Originally known as the Big Goods class,[1] they became class I under Peter Drummond's 1901 classification scheme.

Fifteen locomotives were built by Sharp, Stewart and Company and delivered between September and November 1894, numbered 103 to 117. At the time, these were the most powerful main line engines in the country. Originally intended principally as freight engines, they were often called upon for passenger duties during the wide fluctuations of traffic which occurred on the Highland Railway, particularly during the summer season.


The 4-6-0 wheel arrangement had its origins in the United States, and its introduction to Britain was the work of the Highland Railway's locomotive superintendent David Jones. When the 'Jones Goods' first appeared they were felt to be somewhat daring as they were such an advance on anything that Jones or the Highland Railway had previously built.

Although the type was a notable success for Jones, an accident while testing one of the locomotives caused one of his legs to be severely scalded. Although he recovered, he was permanently affected and by the end of December 1896 had retired due to ill-health.


Boiler pressure was 175 pounds-force per square inch (1.21 MPa) — the previous highest on the Highland being 160 pounds-force per square inch (1.10 MPa). Outside cylinders were 20-by-26-inch (508 by 660 mm), bore by stroke – the previous largest being 18-by-24-inch (457 by 610 mm). Driving wheels were 5 feet 3 inches (1,600 mm) in diameter — the HR standard for freight locomotives. Additionally the boiler and chassis were significantly longer than anything previously attempted by the company. It was also the first tender locomotive for the railway not to have Allan double frames and inclined cylinders beside the smokebox.

Transfer to LMS[edit]

The class was numbered 17916–17930 and given power classification '4F' by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS). They were withdrawn between 1929 and 1940.


Number 103 (LMS 17916) was set aside for preservation by the LMS in 1934. It was restored to working order by British Railways in 1959 and spent several years operating enthusiasts' tours. During this time, it appeared in the 1965 film Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines. It was finally retired in 1966 and is today in the Glasgow Museum of Transport. In addition to being the first ever British 4-6-0, no. 103 has since 1966 also had the less positive distinction of being the only surviving former Highland Railway locomotive.


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