Tank engine for the Weardale Lead Company

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An image of a tank engine, ordered by the Weardale Lead Company in April 1913 (TWAM ref. DS.RSH/1/1/3).

Engine no. 3029.
Built for: Weardale Lead Company.
Date ordered 2 April 1913.
Gauge of Railway: 1 foot 10 inches.

Principal Dimensions.
Cylinders dia: 5 inches.
Cylinders stroke: 10 inches.
Wheels (Dia. of coupled): 1 foot 8½ inches.
Wheel-base - total: 3 feet.
Water capacity: 65 gallons.
Fuel capacity: not given.
Heating surface – total: 74 square feet.
Grate area: 2 square feet.
Working pressure: 140 lbs per square inch.
Total weight in working order: 4.25 tons.
Tractive force taking 90% of the working pressure: 1536 lbs.
Tractive force taking 75% of the working pressure: 1280 lbs.
Approximate shipping space: 372 cubic feet.
Approximate gross weight packed for shipment: 3.795 tons.
Code Word: GANDA

This album celebrates the achievements of the Hawthorn Leslie locomotive works at Forth Banks, Newcastle upon Tyne. The works were established by Robert Hawthorn in January 1817 and in 1820 his brother, William Hawthorn joined him as a partner. The firm initially manufactured stationary engines but within a few years diversified into marine engineering and in 1831 produced its first locomotive engine for the Stockton and Darlington Railway.

In 1870 the firm established a separate marine engine works on the River Tyne at St. Peter’s and from 1882 the Forth Banks Works became devoted entirely to the manufacture of locomotives. In 1885 the firm amalgamated with the shipyard of Andrew Leslie at Hebburn, creating the world-famous shipbuilding and engineering company R and W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co. Ltd.

The Forth Banks Works of Hawthorn Leslie produced engines of all types and sizes for railways around the world. The output of the Forth Banks Works included a large number of tank engines for industrial works and collieries and the firm established a speciality in the construction of crane locomotives.

The images in this set date from the early twentieth century and are a reminder of Newcastle upon Tyne’s proud industrial heritage. They are taken from a series of photograph albums produced by Hawthorn Leslie. The albums were kindly donated to Tyne & Wear Archives by Alan C. Baker and T.D. Allen Civil.

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    • 07/Mar/2016 14:48:43

    I hope it had a long, productive and safe life.

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    optimal chicken

    • 08/Mar/2016 06:07:29

    We'll soon find out Alan. I've hotlinked it to a few local history groups and we also have some excellent train fanatics viewing these pages. Almost every steam loco built has had its full history recorded..

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    optimal chicken

    • 08/Mar/2016 15:48:41

    I have some feedback; ' Little Nut. ran between the Boltsburn Mill, Boltsburn Mine, Lintzgarth Mill Wolfcleugh'. It seems it had a crew of two men and due to the weather extremes of where it was working (high in the North Pennines) it was fitted with a more weatherproof cabin which looked much like larger locos. It seems that wasn't enough (it can snow sideways up there!) and it was fitted with basic full wooden doors! This small loco was also given its own small snow plough to keep the tracks clear!