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Great Eastern class W
Great Britain | 1862 | 31 produced
No. 51 after the rebuilt to 4-2-2 in Stratford
No. 51 after the rebuilt to 4-2-2 in Stratford
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The first locomotives that the newly founded Great Eastern procured in 1862 were express locomotives with the 2-2-2 wheel arrangement. They had outside cylinders and double frames made of wood and iron. The 31 locomotives came from four different manufacturers, including Schneider et Cie from France.

Locomotive Magazine, November 1908

From 1872 some were modernized and received a new boiler. Two of them were even rebuilt to a 4-2-2 wheel arrangement. Different designs of the cab were also used. The number 54 was scrapped in 1874 after an accident. The remainder remained in service on the main express trains for over 25 years and were retired between 1883 and 1894.

Variantas builtrebuilt 4-2-2
ManufacturerFairbairn & Co., Slaughter & Gruening, Kitson & Co., Schneider
Axle config2-2-2 (Jenny Lind) 4-2-2 (Single) 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Wheelbase15 ft20 ft 9 in
Fixed wheelbase15 ft
Service weight65,537 lbs70,364 lbs
Adhesive weight25,430 lbs30,352 lbs
Total weight114,257 lbs
Axle load25,430 lbs30,352 lbs
Fuel capacitycoal
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power325 hp (242 kW)350 hp (261 kW)
Optimal speed28 mph
Starting effort7,373 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter85 in
Boiler pressure120 psi140 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 16 x 24 intwo, 17 x 24 in
Grate area15.7 sq ft16.6 sq ft
Firebox area75 sq ft100 sq ft
Tube heating area1,045 sq ft1,000.1 sq ft
Evaporative heating area1,120 sq ft1,100.1 sq ft
Total heating area1,120 sq ft1,100.1 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
Robert Sinclair
last changed: 02/2024

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