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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

Dock Tank

Vital Statistics

Official Name Dock Tank
Nickname Bissell Tank
Water & Coal Storage Square Saddle tanks and Bunker
Water Capacity 620 gallon
Coal Capacity 1 ton 10 cwt
Wheel Arrangement 0-4-2
Driven Wheels Four 4ft 5½in wheels
Carrying Wheels Two disc 2ft 8in trailing wheels
Wheelbase 7ft 3in + 8ft 3in
Total Wheelbase 15ft 6in
Boiler ?ft ?in diameter; ?ft ?in long
Boiler Pressure 150 psi
Grate Area 15 sq.ft.
Tubes 186
Total Heating Area 967 sq.ft.
Cylinders Two inside 17in diameter; 24in stroke
Weight in full working order 34 tons 17 cwt
Designer Mr. F.W. Webb
Number in Class 20
Lifetime 1896—1956

Introduced in 1896 these small shunting tanks had the very short wheelbase of 7ft 3in and a trailing Bissell truck Explain 'Bissell Truck' with solid rear wheels to cope with the very sharp curves for use in docks. Unusually the saddle tank Explain 'Saddle Tank' was square in section, an inelegant design. The cab was reasonably enclosed for the period but wooden buffer beams Explain 'Buffer Beam' were used, possibly their resilience being preferred for shunting Explain 'Shunting' duties. A large toolbox was fitted on the right-hand running plate Explain 'Running Plate'.

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