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Midland Railway 2501 Class

The Midland Railway 2501 Class was a class of 2-6-0 steam locomotives. There was an inability of the Midland's own Derby Works or British locomotive companies to provide motive power at the time. Thus they were built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in the United States as a kit of parts, shipped, and 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

Little or no consideration was given to British practice, so they were distinctly American in appearance. Another 10 engines were also ordered, but were actually built by Schenectady Locomotive Works, becoming 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Being non-standard, they had a short life and were all withdrawn between November 1908 and March 1914.[1]. All were scrapped.

Table of withdrawals[1]
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withdrawn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

  1. ^ a b Baxter 1982, pp. 172–173.
  • Baxter, Bertram (1982). Baxter, David, ed. British Locomotive Catalogue 1825–1923, Volume 3A: Midland Railway and its constituent companies. Ashbourne, Derbyshire: Moorland Publishing Company.
  • 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