NER Class E1

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NER Class E1
LNER Class J72
Steam Locomotive 69023 (7074556801).jpg
Preserved loco 69023, 2012
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer Wilson Worsdell
Build date 1898–1951
Total produced 113
 • Whyte 0-6-0T
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Driver dia. 4 ft 1 14 in (1.251 m)
Loco weight 38.6 long tons (39.2 t)
Fuel type Coal
Boiler pressure 140 lbf/in2 (0.97 MPa)
Cylinders Two, inside
Cylinder size 17 in × 24 in (432 mm × 610 mm)
Performance figures
Tractive effort 16,760 lbf (74.55 kN)
Power class 2F
Disposition One preserved, remainder scrapped

The North Eastern Railway Class E1, classified as Class J72 by the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) is a class of small 0-6-0T steam locomotives designed by Wilson Worsdell for shunting. They had inside cylinders and Stephenson valve gear.

They were a development of the earlier NER Class E (LNER Class J71) 0-6-0T designed by T.W. Worsdell who was Wilson Worsdell's brother.

Build dates[edit]

69007, a BR built J72

A total of 113 locomotives were built:

This is a rare, possibly unique, example of a locomotive class which was built, substantially unchanged, under pre-grouping, post-grouping and British Railways administration.


69023 in a hybrid apple green scheme in 2014 when running on the Wensleydale Railway

British Railways numbers were:

  • 68670-68754 (pre-nationalisation locos)
  • 69001-69028 (new locos)


One of the BR built engines, No. 69023, survives and is owned by the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group. It has worked on several preserved railways. It has been named Joem, a combination of the locomotive's former owner's parents: Joseph and Emily, though it never carried this name in service.[1] In contrast to the normal black paint finish, this loco operates in a hybrid NER/LNER/BR apple green paint scheme. It re-entered service in 2010 and visited many heritage railways. No. 69023 is now based on the Wensleydale Railway but returns to NELPG's base at Hopetown Carriage Works, Darlington for winter maintenance.

Ex-LNER/BR J72 0-6-0T 69023 "Joem" sitting at Constable Burton, on the Wensleydale Railway, between runs on a footplate experience course.


  1. ^ "Joem the little engine with a heart of gold". Heritage Railway magazine. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 

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