NBR G Class

NBR G Class

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The North British Railway (NBR) G Class (LNER Class Y9) is a class of 0-4-0ST steam locomotive designed for shunting. Some locomotives were equipped with small wooden tenders to carry extra coal. They were introduced in 1882 and thirty-eight entered service on the NBR between 1882 and 1899. Like most 0-4-0 tanks of the period it has outside cylinders and inside slide valves driven by Stephenson valve gear.


Industrial locomotives

The design was originated by Neilson and Company of Hyde Park Works, Springburn, Glasgow, who built the first examples of the type, mainly for industrial customers, in the 1870s. One such, built in 1876, is in the collection of the Scottish Railway Preservation Society at Bo'ness.

Caledonian Railway

Also in 1876, the Caledonian Railway bought from Neilsons four locomotives of the same design. Between 1885 and 1908, the Caledonian built thirty-four more, at the company's own works at Glasgow St Rollox.

North British Railway

The "G" class on the North British Railway came about in much the same way – the NBR bought two locomotives from Neilson in 1882, and by 1899 they had built thirty-six for themselves at their Cowlairs Works. Effectively, Neilsons seem to have licensed the design to the two main line railways, both of whom built it with detail modifications and then ascribed the design to their Chief Mechanical Engineers, Dugald Drummond and......
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