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LNWR Class G2

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Dec 17, 2021

The London and North Western Railway (LNWR) Class G2 is a class of 0-8-0steam locomotives. 60 were built at Crewe Works in 1921–1922. Uniquely amongst classes of LNWR 8-coupled tender engines, they were not rebuilt from or into other classes. Slightly confusingly the LNWR Class G2a is sometimes considered a subclass, but not in this article. They were classified by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) as 5, from 1928 7F.

This article includes a list of general references, but it remains largely unverified because it lacks sufficient corresponding inline citations. (October 2016)
LNWR Class G2

LMS No. 9447 in photographic grey livery
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer Beames
Build date 1921-1922
Total produced 60
Specifications
Configuration:
  Whyte 0-8-0
  UIC D h2
Gauge

4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm)

Driver dia. 4 ft 5+12 in (1.359 m)
Loco weight 62 long tons 0 cwt (138,900 lb or 63 t)
Total weight 102 long tons 16 cwt (230,300 lb or 104.4 t)
Fuel type Coal
Fuel capacity 6 long tons 0 cwt (13,400 lb or 6.1 t)
Water cap 3,000 imp gal (14,000 l; 3,600 US gal)
Boiler pressure 175 psi (1.21 MPa)
Cylinders 2 inside
Cylinder size 20.5 in × 24 in (521 mm × 610 mm)
Valve gear Joy
Valve type Piston valves
Loco brake Steam
Train brakes Vacuum
Performance figures
Tractive effort 28,040 lbf (124.73 kN)
Career
Operators LNWR » LMS » BR
Power class BR, 7F
Nicknames Super D
Withdrawn 1959-1964
Disposition 1 preserved, remainder scrapped

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The LNWR used a lowest available number numbering system, meaning that numbers were somewhat haphazard. After the grouping in 1923, the LMS renumbered them 9395-9454 in order of build date. All were inherited by British Railways (BR) upon nationalisation in 1948. BR added 40000 to their numbers so that they became 49395-49454.[1]

The class were withdrawn between 1959 and 1964 with the first member of the class to be withdrawn was 49436 in May 1959, the final member of the class to be withdrawn was 49430 in December 1964.

Table of withdrawals
Year Quantity in
service at
start of year
Number withdrawn Quantity
withdrawn
Locomotive numbers
1959 60 19 19 49395–98,
49400/09–10/17–20/24/27/29/35–36/42/45/50.
1960 41 0 19
1961 41 15 34 49399,
49401/05/11–14/21–23/33/41/43–44/53.
1962 21 20 54 49402–04/08/15–16/25–26/28/31–32/34/37–39/40/47/49/51–52.
1963 6 3 57 49406/48/54.
1964 3 3 60 49407/30/46
Preserved No. 49395 at the East Lancashire Railway, January 2012

The first of the class, LNWR No. 485, LMS No. 9395, BR No. 49395 has been preserved and is part of the National Collection at the NRM. It had previously spent time at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust‘s Blists Hill Victorian Town.[2]

The locomotive is currently situated at the East Lancashire Railway where it is stored out of traffic awaiting a decision on its operational future. Now at NRM Shildon.

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