Steam locomotives of the Furness Railway

Steam locomotives of the Furness Railway

The Furness Railway company owned many different types of locomotives, built by several locomotive building companies, including Sharp Stewart and Company. Others were built by the Furness' constituent companies - the Whitehaven and Furness Junction Railway, among others.

Preserved Locomotives

There are several Furness Railway locomotives that have been preserved -

* Furness Railway No. 3 - "Coppernob" 0-4-0 tender engine, preserved at the National Railway Museum in York.
* Furness Railway No. 20 - 0-4-0 tender engine, preserved at the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway in Cumbria.

Furness Railway Locomotives

The classes listed below are not the official FR designations although some railway enthusiasts insist on using them. They were made popular by Bob Rush in his books about the Furness railway and the wrong class names have stuck.

*Class A1 0-4-0 tender engines - 2 engines, of 1844.
*Class A2 0-4-0 tender engines - 2 engines, of 1846. Furness Railway No. 3, Coppernob, is a member of this class
*Class A3 0-4-0 tender engines - 4 engines, of 1854-55.
*Class A4 0-4-0 tender engines - 4 engines, of 1858-61.
*Class A5 0-4-0 tender engines - 8 engines, of 1863-66. "No. 20 is a member of this class"
*Class B1 2-2-2 well tanks - 2 engines of 1851.
*Class B2 2-2-2 well tanks - 2 engines of 1857.
*Class B3 2-2-2 well tanks - 6 engines of 1864-66.
*Class B4 2-2-2 well tank - 1 engine of 1860.
*Class B5 2-2-2 well tanks - 2 engines of 1850.
*Class C1 0-4-0 saddletank engines - 4 engines of 1864.
*Class C2 0-4-0 saddletank engines - 2 engines of 1862.
*Class D1 0-6-0 tender engines - 55 engines of 1866-84. "These were nicknamed "Sharpies"
*Class D2 0-6-0 tender engines - 2 engines of 1864.
*Class D3 0-6-0 tender engines - 12 engines of 1899.
*Class D4 0-6-0 tender engines - 4 engines of 1907.
*Class D5 0-6-0 tender engines - 19 engines of 1913-20.
*Class E1 2-4-0 tender engines - 19 engines of 1870-79.
*Class F1 0-4-2 tender engines - 2 engines of 1866.
*Class G1 0-6-0 tank engines - 10 engines of 1867-73. "These were nicknamed "Neddies"
*Class G2 0-6-0 saddletank engines - 13 of 1855-73.
*Class G3 0-6-0 saddletank engines - 1 of 1875.
*Class G4 0-6-0 tank engine - 1 of 1857.
*Class G5 0-6-0 tank engines - 10 of 1910-15.
*Class H1 2-4-0 tank engine - 1 of 1850.
*Class J1 2-4-2 tank engines - 7 of 1891. (They were rebuilt from Class E1 engines)
*Class K1 4-4-0 tender engines - 4 of 1891. "These were nicknamed "Seagulls"
*Class K2 4-4-0 tender engines - 6 of 1896. "These were nicknamed "Larger Seagulls"
*Class K3 4-4-0 tender engines - 4 of 1901.
*Class K4 4-4-0 tender engines - 4 of 1913.
*Class L1 0-6-2 tank engines - 3 of 1898.
*Class L2 0-6-2 tank engines - 10 of 1904. "These were nicknamed "Cleator Tanks"
*Class L3 0-6-2 tank engines - 6 of 1907.
*Class L4 0-6-2 tank engines - 4 of 1912. "These were nicknamed "Improved Cleator Tanks"
*Class M1 4-4-2 tank engines - 6 of 1915-16.
*Class N1 4-6-4 tank engines - 5 of 1920-21.

Other Locomotives

*Rail Motor Cars - 1 of 1905.

Cleator & Workington Junction Railway

The Furness railway entered into a working agreement with the Cleator & Workington Junction Railway where the FR would work the companies mainlines and the branch lines were worked by C&WJR engines. The loco list previously shown on this page has been amended thus:

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Cleator & Workington Junction Railway locomotives

All the nameplates used on this company's locomotives were named after residences of C&WJR company directors. Until recently there was uncertainty about the name of No.2 but the personal notebook of the Company Accountant shows otherwise. The engine never ran in service with the name " "Ennerdale" ".

* No.1, Brigham Hill (1st) and Rothersyke (1st.)
An outside cylinder 0-4-0T Built in 1894 by Fletcher Jennings Ltd for C&WJR. Builders No. 187.
Nameplates carried: "Brigham Hill" (1882-1894) and "Rothersyke" (1894-1897)
Renumbered: No known renumbering of this engine.
Disposal: To West Stanley Colliery Coy. County Durham in 1897 (ref; 01)

* No.2, Unnamed for fifteen years, then Rothersyke (2nd) an outside cylinder 0-4-0ST. Built circa 1875 by Barclay & Co. (Not an Andrew Barclay product) Built originally for Ward, Ross & Liddlelow, railway contractors to the C&WJR. No.2 was purchased second hand in 1882. No.2 was originally named "Ennerdale" but the nameplates were removed after accquisition by the C&WJR on the order of the Managing Director.
Nameplates Carried: None from 1882 to 1897. The redundent plates from engine No.1 "Rothersyke" were fitted when it was decided order to sell the engine.
Renumbered: No known renumbering of this engine.
Disposal: To SD Coasdell of Workington in July 1898 for £150. (ref; 01 and 02)

* No.3, South Lodge an outside cylinder 0-6-0ST of 1884, built by Robert Stephenson and Company for the C&WJR. Builders No. 2553. The saddle tank did not cover the smokebox.
Nameplates carried: "South Lodge." (1884 to 1920)
Renumbered: No known renumbering of this engine.
Disposal: To J.F. Wake Ltd., Dealers, Darlington, County Durham, July 1920 (ref; 01)

* No.4, Harecroft an outside cylinder 0-6-0ST built in 1885 by the Lowca Engineering Co. Ltd. for the C&WJR. Builders No. 196. Similar in appearance to No.3 and the saddle tank did not cover the smokebox.
Nameplates carried: " Harecroft." (1885 to 1915)
Renumbered: After disposal by new owner to 46
Disposal: Withdrawn September 1915 and sold to Workington Iron & Steel Company. (ref; 01)

* No.5, Moresby Hall an outside cylinder 0-6-0ST built in 1890 by Robert Stephenson and Company for the C&WJR. Builders No. 2692. The saddle tank did not cover the smokebox.
Nameplates carried: " Moresby Hall ." (1890 to 1919)
Renumbered: No known renumbering of this engine.
Disposal: Withdrawn and scrapped 1919. (ref; 01)

* No.6, Brigham Hall an outside cylinder 0-6-0ST built in 1894 by Robert Stephenson and Company for the C&WJR. Builders No. 2813. The saddle tank did not cover the smokebox.
Nameplates carried: " Brigham Hall ." (1894 to 1920)
Renumbered: Allowcated 11564 by the LMS in 1923 after the grouping, but not known if it was repainted into LMS colours.
Disposal: Withdrawn 11/12/1926 and scrapped by the LM&SR (ref; 01)

* No.7, Ponsonby Hall an outside cylinder 0-6-0ST built in 1896 by Robert Stephenson and Company for the C&WJR. Builders No. 2846. The saddle tank did not cover the smokebox.
Nameplates carried: " Ponsonby Hall ." (1886 to 1926)
Renumbered: Allowcated 11565 by the LMS in 1923 after the grouping, but not known if it was repainted into LMS colours.
Disposal: Withdrawn 18/12/1926 and scrapped by the LM&SR (ref; 01)

* No.8, Hutton Hall an 0-6-0ST built in 1907 by Peckett and Sons for the C&WJR. Builders No. 1134.
Nameplates carried: " Hutton Hall " (1907 to 1927)
Renumbered: Allowcated 11566 by the LMS in 1923 after the grouping, and repainted into early LMS black goods livery.
Disposal: Withdrawn 3/12/1927 and scrapped by the LM&SR (ref; 01)

* No.9 Millgrove an outside cylinder 0-6-0ST built in 1919 by Peckett and Sons for the C&WJR. Builders No. 1340.
Nameplates carried: " Millgrove" (1919 to 1928)
Renumbered: Allowcated 11567 by the LMS in 1923 after the grouping, and repainted into early LMS black goods livery.
Disposal: Withdrawn 5/12/1928 and scrapped by the LM&SR (ref; 01)

* No.10 Skiddaw Lodge an outside cylinder 0-6-0ST built in 1920 by Hudswell Clarke & Co. for the C&WJR. Builders No. 1400.
Nameplates carried: " Skiddaw Lodge ." (1920 to 1932)
Renumbered: Allowcated 11568 by the LMS in 1923 after the grouping, and repainted into early LMS black goods livery.
Disposal: Withdrawn 1932 by LM&SR and sold to Hartley main Collieries Northumberland, via Robert frazer & Sons Ltd., Hebburn, County Durham. (ref; 01)

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References:
*01 Track of the Ironmasters published by; Cumbrian Railways Association IBSN 0-95402232-2-6
*02 Industrial Locomotive Society records.

External links

* [http://www.steamindex.com/locotype/furness.htm Steam Index's Furness Railway Page]


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