Posted: Jul 4, 2004 @ 16:07:58 by Steve Frost
So small, you wonder where to put in the key to wind it up! The NER class H of Wilson Worsdell's design was a small dock tank loco. Built at Gateshead works (only recently have the buildings been demolished) in 1891, it shows the completely different approach to designing a small 0-4-0 tank loco that a main line company took from the approach of the independent loco firms like Peckett, Barclay, Hawthorn and Bagnall.
Where the builders of industrial 0-4-0s would opt for outside cylinders, inside valve gear and a saddle tank, the NER went for the same layout that was always used by such companies, only smaller. In the best British design traditions of the time, all the vulgar machinery was hidden between the frames, and neat side tanks were provided. this didn't do wonders for access to the machinery at the best of times, but on such a small loco, it must have been particularly poor, especially considering that the crew remain the same size no matter what size loco they're handling!
1310 survived withdrawal as long ago as 1931 (from Tyne Dock shed) by being sold for further use to the nearby Pelaw Main colliery, ending its career there in 1964, after which it was preserved. The primary photo was taken following it's recent (2012) overhaul and the album photo when it was on display at Preston Park, Stockton on Tees, as part of the celebrations for 150 years of the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1975.
Notice the change to the livery. The 1975 photo shows the earlier 'Gateshead' style paintwork, and the primary photo the simpler, later livery.