British Railway History Item
LNER Class Gresley London & North Eastern Railway U1 2-8-0+0-8-2
Built 1925. Designed by Nigel Gresley
Total Number Built 1 - Total to BR 1.
Introduced 1925. Nigel Gresley and Beyer-Peacock design.
This was the only Beyer-Garratt locomotive built for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER).
Number Series 69999.
Orininally numbered 2395 by the LNER, it became No. 6999 under the 1946 renumbering scheme, then 69999 under British Railways in 1948.
Built at Beyer Peacock & Co. Ltd. Works.
No Lot Nos. yet available.
This was the most powerful engine ever to run in the British Isles.
The locomotive was equivalent to two Gresley Class 02 three cylinder 2-8-0s (the tractive effort being twice 36,470lbs, or 72,940lbs) and had wheels, cylinders and motion interchangable with locomotives of that class.
It did not prove popular with the Bromsgrove crews, however, and although it was converted to oil-burning in 1952, it was taken out of service in 1955.
At Nationalisation in 1948, the loco was allocated to Mexborough shed.
The loco 69999 was withdrawn on ??? 1955 from Bromsgrove shed.
None are preserved.
Motive Power Details
Weight: Loco 178 tons 1 cwt
Driving Wheel: 4' 8"
Cylinders: Six 18?" x 26"
Boil Press: 180lb/sq in Su
Valve Gear: Walschaerts with derived motion (piston valves)
TE: 72,940 lb
Class Total: 1
Allocation and Withdrawal Details
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