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Midland class 700
London, Midland & Scottish class 1F
Great Britain | 1869 | 315 produced
ROD 2717, which fell into German hands in World War I and was recovered later
ROD 2717, which fell into German hands in World War I and was recovered later
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The Midland Railway's class 700 consisted of 315 0-6-0 goods locomotives designed by Matthew Kirtley. Most of the class was built by Dübs from 1869 onwards. Typical of this time, they had double frames and inside cylinders.

The Italian Rete Mediterranea bought 50 of these machines from the Midland, but they were only delivered after the FS was founded in 1905. There they were called gruppo 380 and were phased out in the 1920s at the latest. During the First World War, 78 Midland locomotives were put into military service. The last machines were taken over by British Railways and decommissioned by 1951.

ManufacturerDerby, Dübs & Co., John Fowler & Co, Kitson & Co., Neilson & Co., Vulcan Foundry
Axle config0-6-0 (Six-coupled) 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Wheelbase16 ft 5 in
Fixed wheelbase16 ft 5 in
Service weight80,640 lbs
Adhesive weight80,640 lbs
Axle load26,880 lbs
Fuel capacitycoal
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power350 hp (261 kW)
Optimal speed17 mph
Starting effort13,206 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter62.5 in
Boiler pressure140 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 17 x 24 in
Grate area16.8 sq ft
Firebox area103 sq ft
Tube heating area993 sq ft
Evaporative heating area1,096 sq ft
Total heating area1,096 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
Matthew Kirtley
last changed: 03/2024

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