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Great Eastern class T26
London & North Eastern class E4
Great Britain | 1891 | 100 produced
Tony Hisgett / 2-4-0 GER 420

As a derivative of the T19, James Holden designed the T26, which was intended for mixed service. Accordingly, significantly smaller drive wheels were used, which only had a diameter of 5 feet 8 inches. The boiler pressure was initially reduced from 160 to 140 psi compared to the T19. Beginning in 1898, some got a new boiler, again rated for 160 psi. The last ten engines from 1902, which brought the total number to 100, received the new boiler right away.

Schematic drawing
Schematic drawing
Locomotive Magazine, August 1912

A special feature of the Great Eastern was that it used air brakes instead of the vacuum brakes that are common in Great Britain. However, since the T26 was also to be used outside of their own network and there it was also to be possible to couple it to foreign cars, it was fitted with both braking systems. The locomotives became class E4 in the LNER and a total of 18 even managed to survive until after the founding of British Railways. Although by this time the era of the 2-4-0 locomotives had long since ended and they were only assigned to the 1MT power class, the last example was only retired in 1959. This made it the last British locomotive with this wheel arrangement. One of the locomotives taken over by the BR is now in the Bressingham Steam Museum in Norfolk.

Variantas builtnew boiler
Axle config2-4-0 (Porter) 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length48 ft 2 in
Service weight90,272 lbs
Adhesive weight58,604 lbs
Total weight158,872 lbs
Axle load30,576 lbs
Water capacity3,171 us gal
Fuel capacity11,200 lbs (coal)
Power sourcesteam
Starting effort12,862 lbf14,700 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter68 in
Boiler pressure140 psi160 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 17 1/2 x 24 in
Grate area18 sq ft17.5 sq ft
Firebox area100.9 sq ft112 sq ft
Tube heating area1,107.1 sq ft1,053 sq ft
Evaporative heating area1,208 sq ft1,165 sq ft
Total heating area1,208 sq ft1,165 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
James Holden
last changed: 01/2022

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