Midland Railway 2441 Class

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Midland Railway 2441 Class
47231 Whitacre, 1964.jpg
47231 at Whitacre in 1964, just before scrapping (hence the lack of coupling rods).
Type and origin
Power typeSteam
DesignerSamuel W. Johnson
BuilderVulcan Foundry
Serial number1638–1657, 1763–1772, 1783–1812
Build date1899–1902
Total produced60
Specifications
Configuration:
 • Whyte0-6-0T
Gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Driver dia.4 ft 7 in (1,397 mm)
Loco weight48 long tons 15 cwt (109,200 lb or 49.5 t)
48 long tons 15 hundredweight (49.5 t; 54.6 short tons)
Fuel typeCoal
Water cap1,000 imp gal (4,500 l; 1,200 US gal)
Boiler pressure160 lbf/in2 (1.10 MPa)
CylindersTwo, inside
Cylinder size18 in × 26 in (457 mm × 660 mm)
Valve gearStephenson, inside
Valve typeSlide valves
Performance figures
Tractive effort20,835 lbf (92.7 kN)
Career
OperatorsMR » LMS » BR
Power class3F
NumbersNew: 2441–2460, 2741–2780
1907: 1900–1959
1934: 7200–7259
1948: 47200–47259
Withdrawn1954–1967
DispositionAll scrapped
The view from 47231's cab, showing tank top detail, Belpaire firebox, large dome and chimney.

The Midland Railway (MR) 2441 Class was a class of steam locomotive. Introduced by Samuel Johnson in 1899, originally with round-topped fireboxes. Henry Fowler later rebuilt them with Belpaire fireboxes. They were given the power classification 3F. The LMS Fowler Class 3F of 1924 was based on this design.

Numbering[edit]

Sixty locomotives were built. Initially numbered 2441–2460, 2741–2780; they were renumbered 1900–1959 in the Midland Railway's 1907 renumbering scheme. All passed to the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, initially retaining their MR numbers, before being renumbered 7200–7259 between 1934–1937. All passed into British Railways ownership in 1948 and were numbered 47200–47259.

Withdrawal[edit]

Withdrawals started in 1954, with three locomotives still in service on 1 January 1966. All were scrapped, though several later LMS locomotives have survived.

Table of withdrawals[1]
Year Quantity in
service at
start of year
Quantity
withdrawn
Locomotive numbers
1954 60 2 47244/45
1955 58 4 47232/37/52/53
1956 54 4 47215/20/33/56
1957 50 7 47206/22/27/40/42/43/58
1958 43 3 47234/49/51
1959 40 9 47205/08/10/14/16/19/26/46/47
1960 31 5 47203/29/38/41/54
1961 26 8 47200/04/09/12/18/21/39/55
1962 18 5 47213/17/24/35/59
1963 13 2 47225/48
1964 11 7 47207/11/23/28/30/36/57
1965 4 1 47250
1966 3 3 47201/02/31

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 12 July 1932, locomotive No. 1909 was hauling a freight train that collided with a passenger train that had been derailed by catch points at London King's Cross station. It was also derailed, as were five wagons. There were no injuries.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baxter 1982, pp. 147–148.
  2. ^ "Metropolitan Railway" (PDF). Ministry of Transport. 5 October 1932. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  • Baxter, Bertram (1982). Baxter, David (ed.). British Locomotive Catalogue 1825–1923. Volume 3A: Midland Railway and its constituent companies. Ashbourne, Derbyshire: Moorland Publishing Company. ISBN 9780903485524.
  • Casserley, H. C. & Johnston, Stuart W. (1974) [1966]. Locomotives at the Grouping 3: London, Midland and Scottish Railway. Shepperton, Surrey: Ian Allan. p. 37. ISBN 0-7110-0554-0.
  • Essery, R. J. & Jenkinson, D. (1988). An Illustrated Review of Midland Locomotives from 1883, volume 2: Passenger Tender Classes. Didcot, Oxon: Wild Swan Publications. p. 5. ISBN 0-906867-59-2.
  • Hunt, David; Essery, R. J.; James, Fred. Midland Engines No. 5 – The Johnson 2441 Class Goods Engines. Didicot: Wild Swan Publications. ISBN 1-874103-94-1.

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