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By Brian Sharpe

The London & North japanese Railway was once recognized for its apple eco-friendly engines, teak coaches, the ‘Flying Scotsman’ and streamlined A4 Pacifics, but additionally the old fashioned rural byways during which a lot of its providers handed. The newly-formed railway corporation inherited a few iconic railway infrastructure, but in addition a few really old cause energy and rolling inventory.

LNER engines have persisted to outshine their rivals, with the accessory extra on caliber than volume. Being without delay descended from the Stockton & Darlington Railway, the LNER inherited a priority for its background, opened Britain’s first railway museum and operated the 1st preserved engine to haul a major line passenger train.

This 132 web page complete color booklet – the second one in a steam revival sequence from history Railway journal deputy editor Brian Sharpe – tells the tale of every of the fifty two one-time LNER or LNER-designed steam locomotives that have survived in upkeep, 35 of that have steamed considering that 1948.

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He was born in Whitstable, Kent on July 26, 1837, and was apprenticed to his uncle, Edward Fletcher and in 1865, joined the GWR, where he eventually became chief assistant to William Dean. He was appointed locomotive superintendent of the GER in 1885, and held the post until 1907. He was a Quaker who also disapproved of trade unionism. Holden reorganised Stratford works, and by introducing a degree of standardisation, took Stratford to an exceptionally high position among British locomotive works in the speed and efficiency of its locomotive production.

Classified J27 by the LNER, the superheated J27s could be identified by their extended smokeboxes. After the Second World War, the J27s were concentrated on hauling heavy mineral trains. Withdrawals began in March 1959, but by June 1966, 36 were still putting in hard work hauling coal in County Durham and South Northumberland. The last ones were withdrawn from the Blyth area where they operated the short trip workings between the nearby coalfield and shipping staithes, finally finishing in September 1967.

While it was entirely appropriate that a Raven three-cylindered engine should be included, the far more numerous B16 4-6-0 which also survived into the 1960s might appear a more obvious choice and the Q7 was not chosen simply to represent the 0-8-0 as an LNWR Super D was also included. Nevertheless after a period of storage at Darlington works, No. 63460 joined the collection being assembled at Stratford NER Q7 0-8-0 No. 901 in the Head of Steam museum at Darlington. works in October 1964, unusually moving to the other store at Hellifield in December 1967 and then to Preston Park on August 24, 1968.

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