Midland Railway 1377 Class

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Midland Railway 1377 Class
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41804 at Staveley Ironworks, August 1963
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer Samuel W. Johnson
Build date 1878–1892
Total produced 185
 • Whyte 0-6-0
 • UIC C n2t
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Driver dia. 4 ft 7 in (1.397 m)
Wheel spacing
  • 7 ft 4 in (2.235 m) +
  • 7 ft 8 in (2.337 m)
Loco weight 39.55 long tons (40.18 t; 44.30 short tons)
Fuel type Coal
Boiler MR type A
Boiler pressure 175 lbf/in2 (1.21 MPa)
Cylinders Two, inside
Cylinder size 17 in × 24 in (432 mm × 610 mm)
Performance figures
Tractive effort 15,005 lbf (66.75 kN) or 16,080 lbf (71.53 kN)
Class MR: 1377
Disposition One preserved, remainder scrapped

The Midland Railway 1377 Class was a class of 185 0-6-0T tank locomotives. They were introduced in 1878 by Samuel W. Johnson, and were almost identical to the 1102 class of 1874; the latter having fully enclosed cabs, while the 1377 class were built without a rear to the cab and only a short cab roof, hence their nickname "half-cabs". They were given the power classification 1F.

Construction history[edit]

Up to 1891, 185 were built: 165 by Derby Works and the last 20 by the Vulcan Foundry. Originally they were built with type A boilers with round-topped fireboxes, but many later received type G5 boilers with Belpaire fireboxes.

Service history[edit]

No. 41773, condemned at Derby Locomotive Depot 13 April 1960

All 185 passed to the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) at the grouping in 1923. Withdrawals started in 1927 and by 1948 when the railways were nationalised, 72 locomotives passed into British Railways ownership in 1948 and they allocated numbers 40000 higher than their LMS numbers, although 14 were withdrawn before the new numbers were applied. Withdrawals continued and by 1961 only 11 remained; the last five were withdrawn in September 1965. The class had only lasted as long as it had because the Midland Railway had signed a contract in 1866 to provide shunting engines to Staveley Ironworks for 100 years; the 1Fs, as they were by then, were the only locomotives suitable to perform this duty.


In 1932, the frames of 1831 were used for LMS diesel shunter 1831.


41708 at Barrow Hill

One of the Staveley engines, 1418 (renumbered 1708 by the Midland Railway in 1907, and 41708 by British Railways), has survived to preservation at Barrow Hill Engine Shed. Before Barrow Hill this engine was preserved on the Midland Railway - Butterley, the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, and the Swanage Railway respectively. The surviving engine became the inspiration of the Bachmann Branchline OO scale model of the class introduced in 2014. Unfortunately an ownership dispute means it is unlikely to be working in the near future. The model, the dispute and the class had an extensive write up in Model Rail during 2014.[2]


  1. ^ a b Baxter 1982, pp. 141–146.
  2. ^ Model Rail no. 200 (September 2014): pp. 16-19
  • Baxter, Bertram (1982). Baxter, David, ed. British Locomotive Catalogue 1825–1923, Volume 3A: Midland Railway and its constituent companies. Ashbourne, Derbyshire: Moorland Publishing Company. 
  • Casserley, H. C. & Johnston, Stuart W. (1974) [1966]. Locomotives at the Grouping 3: London, Midland and Scottish Railway. Shepperton, Surrey: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-0554-0.