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BR/LMS Fowler Class 4F 0-6-0 No. 43985 at Sheffield Midland Station 1961

BR/LMS Fowler Class 4F 0-6-0 No. 43985 at Sheffield Midland Station 1961

BR/LMS Fowler Class 4F 0-6-0 No. 43985 at Sheffield Midland station in 1961 on a local service to Barnsley. Built by Armstrong Whitworth in February 1922, it was withdrawn from 21A Saltley shed in March 1962 and cut up at Derby Works in September 1962.

The London Midland and Scottish Railway Fowler 4F was a class of 0-6-0 steam locomotive designed for medium freight work. They represent the ultimate development of Midland Railway's six coupled tender engines. Many trainspotters knew them as 'Duck Sixes', a nickname derived from their wheel arrangement.

The 4F was based on the 197-strong Midland Railway 3835 Class of 1911, with only a few modifications, primarily the adoption of left-hand drive in favour of right-hand drive. They originally had been designed by Henry Fowler, who from 1925 became CME of the LMS.

Midland Railway locomotives were notorious for their short axle-box bearings, which were prone to overheating. Why this poor design feature was perpetuated is a complete mystery but, unfortunately, the LMS 4F inherited it.

The LMS constructed 530 of the locomotives between 1923 and 1928, numbered sequentially from where the Midland engines left off from 4027. A further 45 examples were reluctantly authorised by William Stanier in 1937 at the behest of the operating department.

Date Photo Taken 1961
Date Uploaded 22/08/2014
Image Owner/Copyright Philip Robinson
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Steam Loco Information for BR/LMS Fowler Class 4F 0-6-0 No. 43985 at Sheffield Midland Station 1961

Steam Loco Class Information for BR/LMS Fowler Class 4F 0-6-0 No. 43985 at Sheffield Midland Station 1961

Station Information for BR/LMS Fowler Class 4F 0-6-0 No. 43985 at Sheffield Midland Station 1961


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