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The Midland Railway 2501 Class was a class of 2-6-0 steam locomotives built in the United States in 1899. The Midland's own Derby Works had reached their capacity, and were unable to produce additional engines at the time, and many British locomotive builders were recovering from a labor dispute over working hours, thus the railway placed an order with the Baldwin Locomotive Works for 30 engines. The engines were shipped disassembled as kits of parts, and re-assembled at Derby.

Midland Railway 2501 class
Type and origin
Power typeSteam
BuilderBaldwin Locomotive Works
Serial number16621–16630, 16844–16853, 16960–16965, 16984–16987
Build date1899
Total produced30
Specifications
Configuration:
 • Whyte2-6-0
 • UIC1′Cn2
Gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Leading dia.2 ft 9 14 in (845 mm)
Driver dia.5 ft 0 14 in (1,530 mm)
Lengthover buffers: 51 ft 6 14 in (15.70 m)
Axle load13 long tons 7 cwt (29,900 lb or 13.6 t)
Adhesive weight38 long tons 0.75 cwt (85,200 lb or 38.6 t)
Loco weight45 long tons 16.25 cwt (102,600 lb or 46.5 t)
Tender weight34 long tons 12.5 cwt (77,600 lb or 35.2 t)
Tender typeTwo two-axle bogies
Fuel typeCoal
Boiler pressure160 lbf/in2 (1.10 MPa)
CylindersTwo, outside
Cylinder size18 in × 24 in (457 mm × 610 mm)
Valve gearStephenson, inside
Valve typeSlide valves
Performance figures
Tractive effort17,626 lbf (78.40 kN)
Career
OperatorsMidland Railway
Class2501
NumbersNew: 2501–2510, 2521–2540
1907: 2200–2229
Delivered1899
Withdrawn1908–1914
DispositionAll scrapped

Contents

AppearanceEdit

The engines were designed and built with little or no consideration to British practice, having several distinct characteristics of American practice, such as the use of bar frames, sand carried in a second dome on top of the boiler, and eight-wheel bogie tenders.[1] A further 10 engines were ordered from the Schenectady Locomotive Works, which became the 2511 Class.

NumberingEdit

Originally Nos 2501–2510, 2521–2540, in the Midland's 1907 renumbering scheme, the Baldwins became Nos 2200–2229, in the same order.

WithdrawalEdit

Being non-standard, they had a short life and were all withdrawn between November 1908 and March 1914.[2]. All were scrapped.

Table of withdrawals[2]
Year Quantity in
service at
start of year
Quantity
withdrawn
Locomotive numbers Notes
1908 30 1 2209
1909 29 8 2212, 2215, 2219–2221, 2225, 2226, 2229
1910 21 3 2203, 2204, 2207
1911 18 3 2200, 2202, 2208
1912 15 2 2227, 2228
1913 13 10 2201, 2205, 2206, 2211, 2213, 2216–2218, 2222, 2224
1914 3 3 2210, 2214, 2223

ReferencesEdit

  • Baxter, Bertram (1982). Baxter, David (ed.). British Locomotive Catalogue 1825–1923. Volume 3A: Midland Railway and its constituent companies. Ashbourne, Derbyshire: Moorland Publishing Company. ISBN 9780903485524.
  • Ellis, C. Hamilton (1966). The Midland Railway. Ashford, Middlesex: Malaga Books. pp. 111–114.
  • Essery, R. J. & Jenkinson, D. (1989). An Illustrated Review of Midland Locomotives from 1883, volume 4: Goods Tender Classes. Didcot, Oxon: Wild Swan Publications. pp. 15–18. ISBN 0-906867-74-6.
  • Hunt, Dave. American Locomotives of the Midland Railway (No 1 Supplement to Midland Record) ISSN 1357-6399