Highland Railway L Class

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Highland Railway L class
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer David Jones
Builder HR Lochgorm Works
Build date 1882–1901
Total produced 9
Specifications
Configuration 4-4-0
UIC class 2′B
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Leading dia. 3 ft 3 12 in (1.003 m)
Driver dia. 5 ft 3 in (1.600 m)
Loco weight 43 long tons 0 cwt (96,300 lb or 43.7 t)
Boiler 4 ft 2 in (1.27 m) diameter
Boiler pressure 150 lbf/in2 (1.03 MPa)
Heating surface 1,216 sq ft (113.0 m2)
Cylinders Two, outside
Cylinder size 18 in × 24 in (457 mm × 610 mm)
Performance figures
Tractive effort 14,037 lbf (62.44 kN)
Career
Operators HRLMS
Class HR: ‘Skye Bogie’; L (from 1901)
Power class LMS: 1P
Number in class 1 January 1923: 8
Nicknames Skye Bogies
Withdrawn 1922–1930
Disposition All scrapped

The Highland Railway L class, also known as ‘Skye Bogies’ due to their association with the Kyle of Lochalsh Line. They were essentially mixed traffic versions of the earlier Duke or F class.

Construction[edit]

Nine were built at Lochgorm Works over the period 1882 to 1901. They were never named.

Dimensions[edit]

The 18-by-24-inch (457 mm × 610 mm) cylinders, valve gear and motion were common to the two classes, but they had smaller 5-foot-3-inch (1,600 mm) driving wheels and higher pressure 150-pound-force-per-square-inch (1,030 kPa) boilers.

Numbering[edit]

Table of locomotives
HR
Number
Date New LMS Number Withdrawn Notes
70 May 1882 14277 1930 Swapped numbers with 67 c.1916
85 August 1892 1923 Renumbered 85A in 1919
86 March 1893 14279 1927
87 December 1893 14280 1926 Withdrawn before renumbered by the LMS
88 April 1895 14281 1926 Withdrawn before renumbered by the LMS
5 August 1897 14282 1929 Renumbered 32 in 1899
6 November 1897 14283 1929 Renumbered 33 in 1899
7 July 1898 14284 1930 Renumbered 34 in 1899
48 December 1901 14285 1928

References[edit]

  • Baxter, Bertram (1984). Baxter, David, ed. British Locomotive Catalogue 1825–1923, Volume 4: Scottish and remaining English Companies in the LMS Group. Ashbourne, Derbyshire: Moorland Publishing Company. p. 193. 
  • Casserley, H. C. & Johnston, Stuart W. (1974) [1966]. Locomotives at the Grouping 3: London, Midland and Scottish Railway. Shepperton, Surrey: Ian Allan. p. 137. ISBN 0-7110-0554-0. 
  • Vallance, H. A. (1938). The Highland Railway.