LNER Class EE1

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North Eastern Railway EE1
North Eastern Railway electric locomotive No 13.jpg
Type and origin
Power typeElectric
BuilderNorth Eastern Railway Darlington Works
Build date1922
Total produced1
Specifications
Configuration:
 • UIC2′Co2′
 • Commonwealth2-Co-2
Gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Driver dia.6 ft 8 in (2.032 m)
Loco weight110.05 long tons (111.82 t; 123.26 short tons)
Electric system/s1500 V DC Catenary
Current pickup(s)Pantograph, 2 off
Traction motors300 hp (224 kW) Metropolitan-Vickers, 6 off
Train heatingSteam generator
Train brakesVacuum
Performance figures
Power output1,800 hp (1,300 kW)
Tractive effort28,000 lbf (124.6 kN)
Career
Operators
NumbersNER: 13
LNER: 13; later 6999;
BR: 26600
Axle load classRoute availability 7
DispositionStored 1923–1950; scrapped 1950

Class EE1 (Electric Express 1)[1] was an electric locomotive commissioned by the North Eastern Railway in 1922. Ownership passed to the London and North Eastern Railway in 1923 and to British Railways in 1948.

It was an electrically powered locomotive in the pre-TOPS period.

Overview[edit]

In the 1910s the North Eastern Railway made plans to electrify its York-Newcastle main line and this locomotive was built for hauling passenger trains, it had an electrically-heated boiler to generate steam for train heating.

The wheels were arranged as in a 4-6-4 steam locomotive and the driving wheels were 6 ft 8 in (2.032 m) diameter. Each of the three driving axles was powered by a pair of traction motors. Electric locomotives of this design were common in continental Europe and the United States, but this was the only example on a British railway.

After grouping in 1923 the London and North Eastern Railway dropped the electrification project so (apart from some trials on the Shildon line) the locomotive was never used,[1] it survived into British Railways ownership but was withdrawn in August 1950, and scrapped on 15 December 1950.[1]

In common with other LNER electric locomotives, no classification was given to this locomotive until 4 October 1945, when no. 13 was classified EE1 (Electric Express 1).[1] In May 1946, no. 13 was renumbered to 6999; and under British Railways, it became no. 26600 in 1948.[1][2]

Specification[edit]

  • Numbers: (NER) 13; (LNER) 6999; (BR) 26600
  • Wheel arrangement: 2-Co-2
  • Introduced: 1922
  • Builder: North Eastern Railway
  • Motors: 6 x 300 hp (220 kW), Metropolitan-Vickers
  • Total power: 1,800 hp (1,342 kW)
  • Supply: 1,500 V DC overhead

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Boddy et al. (1990), p. 98.
  2. ^ Boddy et al. (1990), fig. 134.

References[edit]

  • Hoole, K. (1988). The Electric Locomotives of the North Eastern Railway. Headington: Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-367-2. Locomotion Papers LP167.
  • Boddy, M.G.; Fry, E.V.; Hennigan, W.; Hoole, Ken; Mallaband, Peter; Neve, E.; Price, J.H.; Proud, P.; Yeadon, W.B. (April 1990). Fry, E.V. (ed.). Locomotives of the L.N.E.R., part 10B: Railcars and Electric Stock. Lincoln: RCTS. ISBN 0-901115-66-5.
  • The NER Electric 2-Co-2 Class EE1 Locomotive No. 13