LNER Class A4 60034 Lord Faringdon

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Lord Faringdon
Peterborough North 3 geograph-2284111-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg
'Lord Faringdon' pulling a train at
Peterborough railway station in 1959.
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer Sir Nigel Gresley
Builder LNER Doncaster Works
Serial number 1870
Build date 3 March 1938
Specifications
Configuration 4-6-2
UIC class 2'C1'h3
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Leading dia. 3 ft 2 in (0.965 m)
Driver dia. 6 ft 8 in (2.032 m)
Trailing dia. 3 ft 8 in (1.118 m)
Length 70 ft (21.34 m)
Loco weight 102.95 long tons (104.6 t)
Total weight 165 long tons (167.6 t)
Boiler pressure 250 psi (1.72 MPa)
Cylinders Three
Cylinder size 18.5 in × 26 in (470 mm × 660 mm)
Loco brake Steam
Train brakes Vacuum
Performance figures
Tractive effort 35,455 lbf (157.7 kN)
Career
Operators LNER, BR
Class A4
Withdrawn 24 August 1966
Disposition Scrapped

Ex-LNER 60034 Lord Faringdon (or formerly 4903 Peregrine as it was before being renumbered under British Railways) was one of 35 Doncaster built Class A4 Gresley Pacific steam locomotives.

It entered service on 1 July 1938 and was withdrawn on 24 August 1966.

Like his famous brother Mallard, Lord Faringdon was one of a small number of A4 Pacifics built with a double chimney and double Kylchap blastpipe.

60034 Lord Faringdon was based at Kings Cross and ran on the London-Edinburgh line.

When British Railways were nationalised and the LNER A4s were renumbered, 60034 Lord Faringdon and two of his brothers E22 Mallard and 60033 Seagull were used for the [[1948 Locomotive Exchange Trials]]. Lord Faringdon was used on the Euston to Preston and Carlisle route.

60034 Lord Faringdon was withdrawn from Aberdeen Shed on 24 August 1966. He was scrapped at Hughes, Bolckow, Blyth October 1966.

Technical specifications[edit]

Peregrine, Doncaster Works number 1877, was fitted with a Kylchap double blastpipe as from new, never having a single chimney. In her service life she wore a variety of liveries with different numbering schemes: Garter Blue as 4903 Peregrine from her introduction, wartime black marked on tender as "NE" from 14 September 1942, she was renumbered as 34 in November 1946, garter blue with no valances as of 10 December 1947, renumbered as 60034 on 24 March 1948, renamed Lord Faringdon on 24 March 1948, painted British Railways dark blue on 4 December 1950 and finally British Railways brunswick green on 7 August 1952. Advanced Warning System (AWS) was fitted on 11 November 1952 and a Smith-Stone speed recorder was fitted on 2 November 1960. Around 1966, Lord Faringdon gained a red background to her nameplates.

As with all 35 of the Gresley A4 pacific steam locomotives, Lord Faringdon was fitted with streamlined valances, or side skirting, when he was built. This was removed to ease maintenance in wartime, as it was on his brothers. 4903 lost his valances during a wartime works visit.

Lord Faringdon was fitted with twelve boilers during his twenty-eight year career. These boilers were: 9031 (from construction), 8951 (from 4488 Union of South Africa, 27 December 1940), 9024 (from 4468 Mallard, 14 September 1942), 8960 (from 29 Woodcock, 10 December 1947 - renumbered 29280 4 December 1950), 29283 (from 60016 Silver King, 7 August 1952), 29270 (from 60017 Silver Fox, 13 January 1954), 29295 (from 60017 Silver Fox, 21 May 1955), 29300 (from 60027 Merlin, 10 November 1956), 29311 (from 60018 Sparrow Hawk, 29 January 1958), 29333 (new-build, 14 May 1959), 29327 (from 60026 Miles Beevor, 2 November 1960) and 27964 (from 60008 Dwight D Eisenhower, 1 June 1962).

Lord Faringdon was fitted with six tenders during his career: 5639 (1 July 1938 – 22 April 1939), 5642 (9 June 1939 – 24 January 1948), 5332 (25 February 1948 – 28 May 1954), 5325 (28 May - 14 January 1963), 5640 (28 January 1963 – 24 August 1966) and 5329 (24 August 1966 – 3 December 1966 - fitted for scrappage).

Lord Faringdon/Peregrine was allocated to seven depots during his career: Doncaster from new, Kings Cross Top Shed from 25 July 1942, Grantham from 5 October 1942, Kings Cross Top Shed 11 April 1948, New England 16 June 1963, St Margarets 20 October 1963 and finally Aberdeen from 17 May 1964.

References[edit]

  • Allen, Cecil J. (1949). The Locomotive Exchanges 1870 - 1948. Ian Allan Ltd.  A comprehensive book on locomotive exchanges, giving details of each trial and the locomotives involved.
  • Clarke, David (2005). Locomotives in Detail: 3 Gresley 4-6-2- A4 Class. Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 0-7110-3085-5.  An overall history of the Gresley A4 class, as well as unparalleled details about the class and individual members.
  • Yeadon, W.B. (2001). Yeadon's Register of LNER Locomotives: Volume Two: Gresley A4 and W1 classes. Booklaw/Railbus is association with Challenger. ISBN 1-871608-15-5.  Histories of the A4 and W1 classes of locomotive with details of repairs and liveries etc.