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GNR N2 Tank

By spikemoz
These pictures were taken at the Great Central Railway's Tank Engine Weekend at Loughborough and show the Gresley Society's N2 class 0-6-2 tank which is in the final stages of a complete restoration. She was in steam, but not useable, so I suspect she has had a steam test observed by the boiler inspector prior to issuing a certifictate. However, she is expected to enter service quite soon.

V1,V2 & V3
The N2 locomotives were designed by Sir Nigel Gresley for the Great Northern Railway's suburban services in and out of London King's Cross. Like the N7, they were strong and powerful locomotives. She is also fitted with condensing apparatus for working on London Undergroend lines. The large diameter pipes coming out of the bottom of the smoke box and into the side tanks are part of this equipment.

She is fitted with leaf springs to the leading and trailing axles and coil springs to the centre.

V5 & V6
These two shots show the controls and the boiler front. The Great Northern standardised on an unusual regulator handle (the long lever going across the cab near the top of the boiler). To open it the driver had to pull it outwards and push inwards to close it. It could also be operated from either side of the footplate. There is also a bolt and wing nut which moves in a slotted bar which when tightened would prevent any movement of the regulator due to vibration.


Tags: General Transport Flash and lighting

Voters: gorhug, leginR, G3 and 14 more

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Hailwood 14 2 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2009 6:13AM
nice shots spike
robincoombes 13 1 5 Wales
16 Apr 2009 7:43AM
Looking forward to seeing her in steam
BERTRAM 13 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2009 7:55AM
A superb set of images.
imagio 14 12 1 England
16 Apr 2009 8:31AM
Excellent set Spike

16 Apr 2009 10:00AM
A, very good set of shots.
17 Apr 2009 12:54PM
A very impressive series of shots Spike. Another good little workhorse that'll get steam buffs adrenalin going before long by the looks of it.

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