NER ‘T1’ 0-8-0

Steam Railway (UK) - - ‘GREAT WAR’ MALLETS -

Be­fore the war: Wil­son Wors­dell built the North Eastern Rail­way’s first ten 0-8-0s in 1901, clas­si­fy­ing them ‘T’. A fur­ther 80 ma­chines fol­lowed but they were di­vided into two classes: the 40 ‘Ts’ had pis­ton valves and the 50 ‘T1s’ had slide valves.

Call-up: Be­ing a sim­pler de­sign, the NER loaned all 50 ‘T1s’ to the ROD in 1917. These com­prised Nos. 130, 527, 1002, 1320, 1700/04/08/09/17/29, 578, 660, 939, 1031/32/54/62, 1177/78, 1215, 644-648/52-56/42/43/57-59/61/69, 764/67/69-72/74/ 81/83/89/93/94.

The­atre of op­er­a­tions: The power of the ‘T1s’ was utilised on stone trains from Mar­quise quarry and at least one was used on a troop train. They were some­times used to test newly laid lines near Poperinge.

De­mo­bil­i­sa­tion: All 50 ‘T1s’ re­turned safely from France in 1919 and were over­hauled be­fore they set­tled down to nor­mal NER ser­vice again. Both ‘T’ and ‘T1’ were clas­si­fied ‘Q5’ by the LNER af­ter Group­ing. With­drawals started in 1946. BR No. 63326, an ex-ROD lo­co­mo­tive, was the last to be con­demned in 1951.

Sur­vivors: None.

T.G. HEP­BURN/RAIL AR­CHIVE STEPHENSON

NER ‘T1’ 0-8-0 No. 653 sport­ing its grenade and chevrons badges on the cab­side, com­mem­o­rat­ing its ser­vice with the ROD (see also pages 42-46).

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