- Furness Railway K2
Furness RailwayK2s, or "Larger Seagulls", were built to supersede the Furness Railway K1on the heavier and more important trains. They each have a 4-4-0 wheel arrangement. They were built by Sharp Stewart and Companyof Manchester in 1896as a batch of six. Their Works Numbers were 4174-9, and the Furness Railway numbers issued to them were 21, 22, 34, 35, 36 and 37. They had 6' diameter driving wheels with 18" x 24" cylinders. In 1900, two extra engines were added to the class, Works Nos. 4651/2 and FR numbers 124/5. In 1913, two engines, FR Nos. 34/7, were fitted with experimental Phoenix smokebox superheaters, however, these were removed the following year.
1923and the grouping of the FR into the London, Midland & Scottish Railway, all eight engines were still in service, and received LMS numbers, these being 10135-42. They lasted until the late 1920s and early 1930s, performing secondary duties on the home turf, between Barrow-in-Furnessand Whitehaven.
A K2 also pulled the
Orient Expressfrom 1883-1914.
The six-wheeled tenders that this class used were also used by the
Furness Railway D30-6-0 tender engines. They carried 2,500 gallons of water and 3.5 tons of coal, their weight being 28.25 tons.
The K2 in fiction
In the Reverend W Awdry's
The Railway Series, the character of Edward the Blue Engineis described as a "Modified Larger Seagull" to cover up an illustration blunder by the original artist.
Steam locomotives of the Furness Railway
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