LSWR T7 class

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LSWR/SR T7 [1] and E10
LSWR T7 4-2-2-0.jpg
LSWR T7 4-2-2-0
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer Dugald Drummond
Builder Nine Elms Works
Build date T7, 1897
E10, 1901
Total produced T7, 1
E10, 5
 • Whyte 4-2-2-0
 • UIC 2'AA n4
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Leading dia. 3 ft 7 in (1.12 m)
Driver dia. 6 ft 7 in (2 m)
Length 63 ft 9 in (19.47 m)
Loco weight T7, 54 tons, 11cwt (60.7 tonnes)
T7 rebuild, 61 tons, 1 cwt (62 tonnes)
E10, 58 tons 14 cwt
Fuel type Coal
Fuel capacity 5 tons
Water cap 4,500 gallons
Boiler pressure 175 psi (1.21 MPa)
Cylinders 4
Cylinder size T7, 16.5 in x 26in (495 mm × 660 mm) ; later 14 in x 26 in (356 mm)
E10, 14 in x 26 in
Performance figures
Tractive effort 18,062 lb (with 14" cylinders and at 80% boiler pressure)
Operators London and South Western Railway, Southern Railway (Great Britain)
Class LSWR, SR: T7 and E10
Numbers LSWR & SR : T7, 720
E10, 369-373
Locale Great Britain
Retired 1926-1927

The LSWR Class T7 4-2-2-0 was a prototype express steam locomotive design by Dugald Drummond for the London and South Western Railway introduced in 1897. Five similar locomotives, classified E10, were introduced in 1901.[2]


Number 720 was a prototype locomotive built in 1897 and classified T7. The layout was unusual and influenced by Francis Webb's 3-cylinder compound locomotives introduced in 1883 on the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) that employed two pairs of uncoupled driving wheels; the Drummond locomotives were always known as the "double singles". Five similar locomotives, numbers 369-373, were built in 1901 and classified E10.

Design features[edit]

Throughout locomotive history, this type of layout with independent uncoupled trains of driving wheels mounted on a common rigid chassis has been repeatedly tried with various aims in mind (the best-known more recent example is the Duplex locomotive).


In the case of Drummond, the main motive appears to have been to obtain maximum grate area in a period where low-pitched boilers were the norm and the firebox had to be set low between the frames. This limited the width of the grate whilst its length depended on the distance between the coupled axles minus the throw of eventual inside cranks; at the same time there was a reluctance to make the coupling rods too long due to concern about material resistance, for a broken coupling rod flailing away under a locomotive could wreak tremendous havoc. One way out of the impasse was to eliminate the coupling rods altogether and to have two independent pairs of driving wheels each pair driven by its own cylinders.

Earlier experiments[edit]

The first engineer known to have adopted this solution was Francis Webb, followed by Alfred de Glehn in France who initially combined divided drive and independent driving axles, finally opting solely for the former whilst coupling the driving wheels. The aforementioned engineers locomotives were compounds and the layout was also a way of separating high-pressure from low-pressure drive trains.

Drummond's locomotives[edit]


Drummond's T7 and E10 worked with simple expansion so that the principle benefit sought would be the increased grate area. Compared with Drummond's standard boilers, the T7's barrel length was increased from 10 feet 6 inches to 12 feet.

Valve gear

Another unusual feature of the T7 and E10 locomotives was the valve gear. The valves for the inside cylinders were operated by Stephenson valve gear and the valves for the outside cylinders were operated by Joy valve gear.


In 1905, number 720 was rebuilt with a larger boiler with the diameter increased from 4 foot 5.5 inches (1.4 m) to 4 foot 10.75 inches (1.5 m). The E10s were not rebuilt.

Construction history[edit]

  • T7, 1 locomotive built 1897, number 720
  • E10, 5 locomotives built 1901, numbers 369-373


  1. ^ Casserley, H.C. (1971). An illustrated history of LSWR Locomotives. London: Ian Allan.  - Enlarged edition of Burtt, F. (1949). LSWR Locomotives - a survey, 1873-1922. 
  2. ^ Casserley, H.C.; Johnston, S.W. (1974). Locomotives at the Grouping 1, Southern Railway. Ian Allan. p. 46. ISBN 0711005524.