John Speller's Web Pages Parker "F" Class 0-6-2T (LNE Class "N4" and "N5")

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Parker "F" Class 0-6-2T (LNE Class "N4" and "N5")
Thomas Parker (1829-1903) was Locomotive Superintendent of the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway from 1886-1893. His revolutionary "F" Class 0-6-2T design (LNE Class "N4") was introduced in 1889. A modified version (LNE Class "N5), introduced in 1891, was the first locomotive on British Railways to be fitted with a Belpaire firebox. He doubtless got the idea from Beyer-Peacock, whose works in Manchester were close to the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway's own works at Gorton. Beyer-Peacock had been exporting locomotives fitted with Belpaire fireboxes since at least 1880, but had not built any for service in Britain. So successful was Parker's design that it was perpetuated by Pollitt and Robinson after Parker's retirement. The Great Central also supplied some of these 0-6-2T locomotives to a couple of impecunious railways they were courting on Merseyside -- the Wrexham, Mold & Connah's Quay Railway and the West Lancashire Railway. They looked resplendent in the maroon passenger livery of the WM&CQR and the purple livery of the WLR!
2-4-0 locomotive with Belpaire firebox supplied by Beyer-Peacock to Dutch State Railways in 1880. A sister engine, built in 1881, has been preserved in the National Railway Museum, Utrecht
Parker Class F 0-6-2 tank No. 775 in Great Central livery. With 5 ft. 1in. driving wheels, cylinders 18 in. x 26 in. and a boiler pressure of 160 psi, they had a maximum tractive effort of 18,781 lb.
Parker "F" Class 0-6-2T No. 535, built 1893, in works gray
"F" Class 0-6-2T No. 897 in Great Central livery
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