LMS Fowler Dock Tank

LMS Fowler Dock Tank

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LMS Fowler Dock Tank

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The London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) Fowler Dock Tank was a 0-6-0T steam locomotive. Designed for shunting in dock, it had a short wheelbase in order for it to negotiate tight curves.


The LMS were responsible for operating lines on a number of docks which, due to space constraints, contained curves considerably sharper than most other places, thus most dock tanks had only four coupled (i.e. driving) wheels in order to allow them to negoatiate the tight curves. With the growth in freight a more powerful engine was required which resulted in this design by Sir Henry Fowler for an 0-6-0 tank locomotive with a 9 foot 6 inch wheelbase which, aided by the use of Cartazzi self-centring axlebox on the rear axle, allowed the loco to negotiate curves of 2½ chains,. Ten of these simple sturdy locomotives were built on Lot 61 in 1928 and 1929 by Derby Works although, unusually for dock tanks they incorporated outside cylinders, these normally being considered too dangerous in an area where people were working close to the rapidly moving rods. Other than this they were typical of most dock tanks with simple slide valves and oval buffers. They were initially numbered 11270–9, renumbered under the LMS 1933 renumbering scheme to 7100–9, and renumbered again in 1939 to 7160–9. Despite their small number, the LMS considered them standard locomotives.

After nationalisation in 1948, BR added...
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