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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

4ft Shunter

Vital Statistics

Official Name 4ft Shunter
Nickname ?
Water & Coal Storage Side tanks and Bunker
Water Capacity 420 gallon
Coal Capacity ? tons
Wheel Arrangement 0-4-0
Driven Wheels Four 4ft 3in wheels
Carrying Wheels none
Wheelbase 8ft 0in
Boiler 3ft 0in diameter; 9ft 0in long
Boiler Pressure 120 psi
Grate Area 11 sq.ft.
Tubes 120
Total Heating Area 415 sq.ft.
Cylinders Two inside 14in diameter; 20in stroke
Weight 24 tons 14 cwt
Designer Mr. J. Ramsbottom
Number in Class 20
Lifetime 1863—1933

Introduced in 1863 by Mr. Ramsbottom, this small four-wheeled saddle tank Explain 'Saddle Tank' was used for shunting Explain 'Shunting'. They were the first class to have cast-iron H-section spoke Explain 'H-Spoke Wheel' driving wheels Explain 'Drive Wheel', later fitted by Mr. Webb Explain 'Webb, Francis William (1836—1906)' to most goods classes. The chimney had an ornamental cap and there was no cab, simply a spectacle plate Explain 'Spectacle Plate'.

Both buffer beams Explain 'Buffer Beam' and brake blocks Explain 'Brake Blocks' were of wood. Curiously the right-hand cab side sheet was continuous and raised so coal could be stored at that side, there being no bunker Explain 'Bunker' in this rudimentary design. Even stranger there was a step and handrail at the side you could not enter, used by shunting staff to ‘get a ride’ on the engine.

The Ramsbottom safety valves Explain 'Safety Valve' had a long lever you could ‘knock off’ but no cover around the spring to prevent tampering by the enginemen — if they could increase the pressure power would be raised, but at risk the boiler could explode catastrophically!

Ten more were built in 1892 (29 years later!), three being finished as 0-4-2T crane tanks.

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