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The London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) Class 2 Stanier 0-4-4T was a class of 10 light passenger locomotives built in 1932. Ostensibly designed under new Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) William Stanier, they were in fact the last new design of the Midland Railway's school of engineering.

Overview

The Midland Railway had a large number of 1P 0-4-4T and this was a larger version of the larger wheeled design, classified 2P. The ten built were numbered 6400–6409 by the LMS and renumbered 1900–1909 shortly before nationalisation, freeing the numbers for new LMS Ivatt Class 2 2-6-0s. British Railways adding 40000 to their numbers making them 41900–41909. Although the last new Midland-style design, as subsequent Stanier engines incorporated much Great Western Railway practice, they were not the last MR-designed locomotives built with some 4Fs appearing as late as 1940.

The class was originally built with stovepipe chimneys, apparently due to an oversight by Stanier due to the design for future LMS locomotive chimneys not being finalised. All were later fitted with Stanier chimneys.

Two of the locomotives were fitted with vacuum control gear in 1934 for working the motor trains on the St Alban's branch, and allocated to Watford Junction shed.[1] The remainder were fitted in the BR period and used at a number of different sheds including Warwick and Longsight. .[2] (Motor trains was the terminology used by the LMS although they later became popularly referred to as push-pull trains. The suitably modified stock was marked as pull-push).

Details

LMS 1932/3 No. LMS 1946 No. BR No. Date built Date motor gear fitted Withdrawn
6400 1900 41900 December 1932 September 1950 March 1962
6401 1901 41901 December 1932 February 1951 November 1959
6402 1902 41902 December 1932 September 1950 November 1959
6403 1903 41903 December 1932 September 1950 November 1959
6404 1904 41904 December 1932 September 1950 November 1959
6405 1905 41905 November 1932 January 1951 November 1959
6406 1906 41906 December 1932 March 1957 November 1959
6407 1907 41907 December 1932 March 1951 November 1959
6408 1908 41908 December 1932 July 1934 November 1959
6409 1909 41909 January 1933 March 1934 November 1959

Withdrawal

All were withdrawn in 1959 except 41900 which went in 1962. None was preserved.

References

  • James, Fred; Essery, Bob (2001). "The LMS 0-4-4T Engines". LMS Journal Special Preview Issue. 
  • Longworth, Hugh. British Railway Steam Locomotives 1948-1968. ISBN 0-86093-593-0. 
  • Rowledge, J.W.P. (1975). Engines of the LMS built 1923–51. Oxford: Oxford Publishing Company. ISBN 0-902888-59-5. 
Notes
  1. ^ LMS Journal No.27, article by Keith Miles
  2. ^ BR(M) Loco Allocations 1950-68, Xpress Publishing

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