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Mr. J. Ramsbottom

1858 — DX Goods
1863 — 4ft Shunter
1870 — Special Tank

Mr. F.W. Webb

1873 — 17in Coal Engine
1880 — 18in Goods
1881 — Special DX
1881 — Coal Tanks
1893 — ‘A’ class
1894 — Crane Tank
1896 — Dock Tank
1901 — ‘B’ class
1903 — 1400 Class

Mr. G. Whale

1904 — ‘C’ class
1904 — ‘E’ class
1906 — ‘D’ class
1906 — ‘F’ class
1906 — ‘G’ class
1912 — ‘G1’ class
1906 — 19in Express Goods

Mr. C.J. Bowen Cooke

1911 — 1185 class

Capt. H.P.M. Beames

1923 — 380 class


1919 — ‘MM’ class

17in Coal Engine

Vital Statistics

Official Name 17in Coal Engine
Nickname ?
Water & Coal Storage Tender
Water Capacity 1,800 gallon
Coal Capacity ? tons
Wheel Arrangement 0-6-0
Driven Wheels Six 4ft 5½in
Carrying Wheels none
Wheelbase 7ft 3in + 8ft 3in
Boiler 4ft 2in diameter; 9ft 9¾in long
Boiler Pressure 140 psi (later 150 psi)
Grate Area 17.1 sq.ft.
Tubes 198
Total Heating Area 1,074.6 sq.ft.
Cylinders Two inside 17in diameter; 24in stroke
Weight 32 tons 0 cwt
Designer Mr. F.W. Webb
Number in Class 499
Lifetime 1873—1953

Introduced in 1873 by Mr. Webb Explain 'Webb, Francis William (1836—1906)' and based on the ‘Special Tanks’ for general goods work, originally they had 140 psi Explain 'PSI (Pounds per Square Inch)' boilers, later uprated to 150 psi. They were never fitted for vacuum brakes Explain 'Vacuum Brake', and so could not be used on passenger trains once the vacuum brake was adopted.

The ‘Coal Engines’ were described as “probably the simplest and cheapest locomotives ever made in this country” — as they were robust, long-lived and capable of hard work, they were a good engineering solution which did the job required excellently.

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