Number 12: Furness Railway K2
Let’s start with a lesser known locomotive for the Furness Railway that was absorbed into the London Midland Scottish Railway, the Furness Railway K2. These steam locomotives were designed by W. F. Pettigrew and built by Sharp Stewart and company of Glasgow in 1896 as six were ordered and built and another two were built in 1900. These locomotives were designed to replace their predecessor Furness Railway K1 and on heavier and more important trains such as express trains, the K2 were nicknamed Larger Seagulls. With a tractive effort of 13,770 lbf (61.3 kN), boiler pressure of 150 psi (1,034.2kPa) and with 6 ft 0 in (1.829 m) driving wheels; they could do 97 kilometres per hour (60 mph) on top link express trains. The first six were numbered as 21, 22, 34, 35, 36 and 37 and the last two were numbered as 124 and 125 but during grouping of the Big Four as the Furness Railway absorbed into the LMS, they were renumbered from 10135 to 10124. Unfortunately they weren’t able to continue service on express trains due to their incapabilities in the late 1920s so they were relegated to secondary work between Barrow-in-Furness and Whitehaven until their withdrawal started in between 1929 and 1931. Yes I know, these engines have been the basis for Edward The Blue Engine as he is the first character in The Railway Series.
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