British Railway History Item
LNER Class Gresley Great Northern Railway N2/2 0-6-2 Tank
Built 1920-1928?. Designed by Nigel Gresley.
Total Number Built 70 - Total to BR 70.
N2/2 Introduced 1920. Gresley Great Northern Railway (GNR) design, post Grouping development of N2/1 GNR Class N2 of 1920. Fitted with condensing apparatus and small chimney.
(a) Condensing apparatus removed, but small chimney retained.
Class N2 was Gresley's development of Class N1 with larger boilers, superheaters and piston valves.
A Total of 107 Class N2 engines were built.
Number Series 69490-69554, 69557-69561.
N2/2 69490-69554, 69557-69561 - Total 70.
N2/3 69562-69567, 69594-69596 - Total 9.
N2/4 69555-69556, 69568-69593 - Total 28.
Built at the ??? Works.
No Lot Nos. yet available.
The small chimneys were to suit the Metropolitan loading gauge for working to Moorgate. Condensing apparatus was added/removed to/from locos which were transferred from/to the London area.
The first 60 locos were constructed for the GNR from 1922 with the remaining 47 appearing after the 1923 grouping as LNER engines and having left hand drive unlike the pre-grouping engines.
Although mainly remembered for working the Kings Cross surburban trains for almost 40 years, five of the class were allocated to Parkeston shed between 1952 and 1956 for working the Manningtree-Harwich passenger services.
The standard GNR tanks in later years were these Class N2 engines.
All of the class were withdrawn between 1959 and 1962.
The first loco withdrawn was ??? on ??? from ??? shed.
The last loco withdrawn was 69546 on 23 September 1962 from Neasden shed.
Loco 69523 is preserved and LNER No. 4744.
Motive Power Details
Weight: Loco 70 tons 5 cwt
Driving Wheel: 5' 8"
Boil Press: 170lb/sq in Su
Cylinders: Two 19" x 26" (inside)
Valve Gear: Stephenson (piston valves)
TE: 19,945 lb
Class Total: 70
Allocation and Withdrawal Details
Last Updated : Saturday 3rd May 2003 14:18