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North Eastern No. 13
London & North Eastern class EE1
Great Britain | 1922 | only one produced
Locomotive Magazine, September 1922

In the final years of its existence the North Eastern planned to electrify the East Coast Main Line between York and Newcastle with 1,500 volts direct current. Even before the electrification of the entire route began, an express locomotive was built for testing. The design came from Sir Vincent Raven and was based on the modern electric express locomotives from mainland Europe.

The three powered axles had wheels with a diameter of 6 f 8 in, as was also used on express steam locomotives. The power came from a double motor with two times 224 kW per axle, which was connected to the axle via a spring-loaded quill. A bogie sat under two lower hoods at both ends. An electrically operated steam boiler was located in the middle structure to heat passenger cars.

Schematic drawing with dimensions
Schematic drawing with dimensions
Locomotive Magazine, September 1922

When the North Eastern joined the LNER at the grouping of 1923, the plans to electrify the East Coast Main Line were halted. Up until then the locomotive had only been tested on the short section between Shildon and Newport and was no longer used regularly with passengers. It was then put into storage and was even taken over by British Railways in 1948. Since there was no longer any use for the outdated one-off, it was scrapped two years later.

General
Built1922
ManufacturerDarlington
Axle config2-C-2 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length53 ft 6 1/8 in
Wheelbase43 ft 8 in
Fixed wheelbase16 ft
Service weight246,512 lbs
Adhesive weight133,616 lbs
Axle load44,533 lbs
Power
Power sourceelectric - DC
Electric system1,500 V
Hourly power1,797 hp (1,340 kW)
Continuous power1,301 hp (970 kW)
Top speed90 mph
Starting effort28,000 lbf
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
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passenger
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last changed: 07/2022
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