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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

‘B’ class

Vital Statistics

Official Name ‘B’ class
Nickname ?
Water & Coal Storage Tender
Water Capacity 1,800 gallon
Coal Capacity ? tons
Wheel Arrangement 0-8-0
Driven Wheels Eight 4ft 5½in wheels
3rd pair flangeless
Carrying Wheels none
Wheelbase 5ft 9in + 5ft 9in + 5ft 9in
Total Wheelbase 17ft 3in
Boiler 4ft 5in diameter; 15ft 6in long
Boiler Pressure 200 psi
Grate Area 20.8 sq.ft.
Tubes 249
Total Heating Area 1,753 sq.ft.
High Pressure
Two outside 15in diameter; 24in stroke
Low Pressure
Two inside 20½in diameter; 24in stroke
Weight in full working order 53 tons 10 cwt
Designer Mr. F.W. Webb
Number in Class 170
Lifetime 1901—1932

By 1901 the ‘A’ class Explain '‘A’ 0-8-0 Locomotive Class' was succeeded by another compound,  Explain 'Compounding' the ‘B’ class, being a 4-cylinder design with a boiler 5in larger in diameter and pressed a further 25 psi Explain 'PSI (Pounds per Square Inch)' higher to 200 psi. But the bulbous “piano” front covering the rocking arms Explain 'Rocking Arms' driving the valves for the outside cylinders could never be elegant and made the design a visual disaster. The weight of cylinders and valve gear at the front was not adequately supported, and was a ‘heavy’ front end. All were later rebuilt, mostly to ‘G1’ class Explain '‘G1’ 0-8-0 Locomotive Class'.

View the Genealogy of the 0-8-0 Design.

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