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Mr. J.E. McConnell

1851 — Large Bloomers
1852 — Patents
1854 — Small Bloomers
1861 — Class H

Mr. J. Ramsbottom

1859 — Problems
1863 — Samsons
1866 — Newtons

Mr. F.W. Webb

1874 — Precursors
1874 — Precedents
1876 — 2-4-0 Tanks
1879 — 4ft 6in 2-4-2Ts
1882 — Experiments
1884 — Dreadnoughts
1884 — Comp. 4-2-2-0T
1885 — Comp. 2-2-2-2T
1887 — Comp. 2-2-2-2T
1887 — Comp. 2-2-4-0T
1887 — Impr. Precedents
1889 — Whitworths
1889 — Teutonics
1890 — 5ft 6in 2-4-2Ts
1891 — Greater Britains
1894 — John Hicks
1897 — Jubilees
1898 — 5ft 3in 0-6-2Ts
1901 — Alfred the Greats

Mr. G. Whale

1903 — Benbows
1904 — Precursors
1905 — Experiments
1906 — 6ft 4-coupled Ts
1908 — Renowns

Mr. C.J. Bowen Cooke

1910 — George Vs
1910 — Superhtr 4-6-2Ts
1911 — Prince of Wales
1913 — Claughtons
1915 — Prospero
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Patent no 300 Click on picture
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Vital Statistics

Official Name Patent Class
Water & Coal Storage Tender
Water Capacity 1500 gallons
Coal Capacity 2� tons coke, 2 tons coal
Wheel Arrangement 2-2-2
Driven Wheels Two: 7ft 6in
Carrying Wheels Four: LW 4ft 6in, TW 4ft 0in
Wheelbase 8ft 6in + 8ft 4in
Total Wheelbase 16ft 10in
Boiler 4ft 3in diameter; 11ft 9in long
Boiler Pressure 120 psi
Grate Area 23� sq ft
Tubes 303
Total Heating Area 1232 sq ft
Cylinders Two inside: 18in diameter; 24in stroke
Weight 31 tons
Designer Mr J.E. McConnell
Number in Class 12
Lifetime 1852-1873

Notes: The successful Bloomers had come out in 1851; the Patents were McConnell's attempt to improve their design. His 'improvements' involved a much bigger firebox divided lengthwise by a central partition, a combustion chamber, shorter tubes only 7ft long, outside frames, and a recess under the boiler to accommodate the cranks - thus achieving the desired low centre of gravity. Other novelties included McConnell's patent wrought-iron pistons, his patent smokebox steam-dryer, his patent tubular axles, and rubber springs.

Two were built by E.B. Wilson in 1852, the other ten by Fairbairn in 1852-4. They were introduced with a lot of publicity, but they did not live up to expectations. In 1854 it was found that coal could be burned in their fireboxes, and this began the gradual change away from coke as locomotive fuel on the L&NWR.

The precise fate of eleven of them is vague (they appear to have been scrapped in 1862-64) but one was rebuilt with smaller cylinders in 1860 and ran until 1873, when it was set up as a stationary engine, driving machinery in Crewe steelworks. Surprisingly, it lasted there until 1926.

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