Rise of the Buckjumper; The T18 Class

It wasn’t just the Caley that wore blue!
The Great Eastern is probably my favourite English company after North Eastern and the Midland and this is a really interesting potted history of those useful little six-coupled tank locos of theirs; some of them even reached Scotland after the grouping, so useful were they!

Basilica Fields

James Holden took the job of Locomotive Superintendent of the Great Eastern in 1885 during a period of great urgency for both new express passenger engines and shunting/light goods locos.  The company had recently exploited the opportunities presented by the direct link to the industrial heartland of Yorkshire with the opening of the GN&GE Joint line in 1882, and the growth of heavy long-distance coal trains resulted in a massive expansion of the marshalling yards at March and Temple Mills. With hindsight it may seem surprising that there were only eighteen 0-6-0T shunting engines on the company’s books in 1885, but at that time many of these duties were performed by ageing 0-4-4T and 0-6-0 tender classes.

Holden was an unusual man, almost unique as a Locomotive Engineer insofar as he didn’t seek to stamp his identity on new locomotives designed during his tenure. Instead, where he saw good in…

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Scotsman in exile. Lover of Scotland's railways, land, people and culture. Always got an ear for new and interesting music. Politically of the left and most definitely repelled by the shallow and narcissistic. An unlikely jazz-cat mod rocker with punk tendencies; a bit 1968, a bit 1977 with a distracting overdub of 1958... Most often found outdoors with my four legged buddy!
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One Response to Rise of the Buckjumper; The T18 Class

  1. Adrian says:

    Thanks for the reblog Dave. Several other ex-GE classes relocated to Scotland including what became the J67s, J69s and F4s, and each of these will be covered in future entries – I hope you’ll find their early histories equally interesting.

    I have an affection for the pre-Group companies straddling the border – one branch of the maternal line is from Roxburghshire – and although I can’t justify any locos from there turning up in East London, I have some NPCS and goods stock from the area (and further north) lined up for an occasional visit.

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