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Gresley's "B-17 Sandringham" or "Footballer" Class 4-6-0 locomotives were designed for the Great Eastern division which would not take other LNER classes of 4-6-0 locomotive. With a relatively light axle loading of 18 tons these locomotives had a wide route availability, and they were only marginally heavier than, say, a Great Western "Manor," though they were both faster and more powerful. The design was mostly worked out under Gresley's guidance by the North British Locomotive Company, who were responsible for building the first batch named after country houses, castles and palaces. The later ones were named after football clubs. Two of the locomotives, No. 2859 "East Anglian" and No. 2870 "City of London" were streamlined for working the prestigious "East Anglian" express. The driving wheel diameter was 6 ft. 8 in., which with a 225 lb. /sq. in. boiler pressure, and with three cylinders of 17 inch diameter and 26 in. stroke, gave a tractive effort of 28,555 lb. The class comprised 73 locomotives built between 1928 and 1937.
Gresley "B-17 Sandringham" or "Footballer" Class 4-6-0 No. 2811"Raynham Hall"
Official photograph of prototype Gresley "B-17" Class 4-6-0 No. 2800 "Sandringham"
Streamlined "B17" Class 4-6-0 No. 2859 "East Anglian" heading the train of the same name
One of the numerous sub-classes of the "B-17" was the "B-17/6" represented here by No. 61642 "Kilverstone Hall". Image copyright Ben Brooksbank and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons License
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