GCR Class 11F
The Great Central Railway Class 11F or Improved Director Class is a class of 4-4-0 steam locomotive designed by John G. Robinson for passenger work. The LNER classified them as Class D11 from 1923. They were based on the earlier GCR Class 11E "Director" class (LNER D10).
|GCR Class 11F |
LNER Class D11
GCR Class 11F 62690 (LNER D11/2 No. 6397) The Lady of the Lake at Haymarket MPD, Edinburgh, in 1958
There were two subclasses: D11/1 were the original GCR engines and D11/2 were those built in 1924 by the LNER to a reduced loading gauge with smaller boiler mountings for hauling passenger trains in Scotland.
The 11F Class was initially used on passenger work on the GCR system, including fast expresses from Sheffield Victoria to London Marylebone. Later in their careers, they were used on short distance passenger trains. On lines of the Cheshire Lines Committee during the late 1940s and early 1950s, they hauled expresses between Manchester Central and Liverpool Central; also semi-fast trains from Manchester Central via Northwich to Chester Northgate.
Their 6 ft 9 inches driving wheels made them fast locos, but consequently unsuitable for hauling freight trains. The eleven original 11F locos were withdrawn during 1959 and 1960 as diesel multiple units took over operation of the shorter distance passenger trains.
The first member of the GCR Class 11F, No. 506 Butler-Henderson, was withdrawn from use by British Railways during 1960. It has been preserved as part of the UK National Collection and currently wears restored GCR colours. No. 506 is the only surviving GCR passenger locomotive.
The locomotive operated passenger trains on the preserved Great Central Railway in Leicestershire during the late 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s but is now out of running order. The locomotive was placed on long term loan for static display at Barrow Hill Engine Shed, near Chesterfield, in 2005.
|GCR No.||Name||Date built||LNER No.||1946|
|501||Mons||September 1922||5501||2665||May 1959|
|502||Zeebrugge||October 1922||5502||2666||December 1960|
|503||Somme||November 1922||5503||2667||August 1960|
|504||Jutland||November 1922||5504||2668||November 1960|
|505||Ypres||December 1922||5505||2669||August 1960|
|506||Butler-Henderson||December 1919||5506||2660||November 1960||Preserved|
|507||Gerard Powys Dewhurst||February 1920||5507||2661||November 1960|
|508||Prince of Wales||March 1920||5508||2662||August 1960|
|509||Prince Albert||March 1920||5509||2663||May 1960|
|510||Princess Mary||May 1920||5510||2664||August 1960|
|511||Marne||December 1922||5511||2670||November 1960|
|1378||Bailie MacWheeble||July 1924||6378||2671||May 1961|
|1379||Baron of Bradwardine||August 1924||6379||2672||September 1961|
|1380||Evan Dhu||August 1924||6380||2673||July 1959|
|1381||Flora MacIvor||August 1924||6381||2674||July 1961|
|1382||Colonel Gardiner||August 1924||6382||2675||October 1959|
|1383||Jonathan Oldbuck||August 1924||6383||2676||October 1959|
|1384||Edie Ochiltree||September 1924||6384||2677||August 1959|
|1385||Luckie Mucklebackit||September 1924||6385||2678||March 1959|
|1386||Lord Glenallan||October 1924||6386||2679||September 1958|
|1387||Lucy Ashton||October 1924||6387||2680||September 1961|
|1388||Captain Craigengelt||October 1924||6388||2681||July 1961|
|1389||Haystoun of Bucklaw||October 1924||6389||2682||September 1961|
|1390||Hobbie Elliott||October 1924||6390||2683||September 1958|
|1391||Wizard of the Moor||October 1924||6391||2684||October 1959|
|1392||Malcolm Graeme||October 1924||6392||2685||January 1962|
|1393||The Fiery Cross||October 1924||6393||2686||July 1961|
|1394||Lord James of Douglas||October 1924||6394||2687||August 1961|
|1395||Ellen Douglas||November 1924||6395||2688||July 1961|
|1396||Maid of Lorn||November 1924||6396||2689||July 1961|
|1397||The Lady of the Lake||November 1924||6397||2690||July 1961|
|1398||Laird of Balmawhapple||November 1924||6398||2691||November 1961|
|1399||Allan-Bane||November 1924||6399||2692||November 1959|
|1400||Roderick Dhu||November 1924||6400||2693||November 1961|
|1401||James Fitzjames||November 1924||6401||2694||November 1959|
- Boddy et al. 1981, p. 86.
- Marsden, Richard. "The Robinson Class D11 (GCR Class 11F) 'Improved Director' 4-4-0 Locomotives". www.lner.info. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
- "Director class "Butler Henderson", Great Central Railway". York: The Board of Trustees of the National Railway Museum. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
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