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Henry Oakley locomotive 1898

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Henry Oakley locomotive 1898

This locomotive's claim to fame is that it was the very first British Atlantic, Designed by Henry Ivatt of the Great Northern Ralilway, it made its appearance in 1898 and was named after the general manager of the railway, thus becoming the first Great Northern Railway locomotive to carry a name.

Henry Oakley locomotive 1898

Henry Oakley locomotive 1898
Introduced  1898
Builder  GNR Doncaster
Designer  Ivatt
Weight (loco)  62 tons
Boiler pressure  170psi
Cylinders (2)  19 x 24 in
Valve gear  Stephenson

Driving wheel diameter  16 ft 8 in

Tractive effort  15.650 lb
Rute avilability  4

Other number 3990
Preserved  1937/National Colln (Bressingham)

Even at the demise of that company in December 1922, only two other GN engines had been named. No. 990 Henry  Oakley  was one of 22 so-called 'Small­Boilered Atlantics' built by the GNR at Doncaster Works, classifi ed C1 and known affectionately as 'Klondykes', as the American gold rush of that name was in full swing at around the time of their introduction. They replaced Patrick Stirling's 'Singles' on the railway's heaviest East Coast expresses until themselves gradually replaced by Ivatt's large boilered Atlantics (GNR Class C2) in the Edwardian era.

Under the jurisdiction of the London & North Eastern Railway after 1923, the classifications were reversed and the small-boilered engines became Class C2. Withdrawn from service in 1937, No. 3990, as it had by then become, was placed in the LNER's original York museum and is today a valued member of the National Collection, our based on loan at the Bressingham Railway Museum. It has had a couple of operational spells since preservation, being put back into steam by BR in 1953 to double-head (with C1 No. 251) the 'Plant Centenarian' from King's Cross for the 100th anniversary of Doncaster Works, and then again in the 1970s, when it took part in the 'Rail 150' event at Shildon and later worked on the Worth Valley Railway. Fellow GN Atlantic No. 251 has, however, never been steamed in preservation.

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