Gallery & Technical
BACKGROUND TO OVERHAUL AND RE-CREATION OF GER CLASS Y14 No. 564
At the end of its last boiler certificate in 2013, the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway Society Board of Trustees took the decision as part of the overhaul its ex LNER/BR Class J15 0-6-0 steam locomotive, to take the opportunity to restore the engine back to its near original appearance as built in 1912 by the Great Eastern Railway at Stratford Works.
This has involved the LNER fitted smokebox door being replaced with a traditional GER profile ‘dished’ style door, the fitting of a stove pipe chimney (manufactured by the late Bill Harvey in the 1970’s), the fitting of a new flush riveted appearance smokebox, the manufacture and fitting of a new wooden cab roof to the original lower profile, to replace the steel raised profile roof fitted by the LNER.
To create the authentic appearance of Ramsbottom safety valves, a dummy casing as per original Stratford Works drawings has been fabricated to conceal the later fitted Ross Pop safety valves.
The locomotive has been re-painted in authentic Great Eastern Railway blue livery with gold leaf lettering which has been painstakingly researched and is considered to be as accurate as possible for the period.
All of the re-created parts have been carefully researched and reproduced based on copies of original Stratford Works drawings and with the support of the NRM and Bressingham Museum, actual reference to the GER Class E14 and J69 locomotives.
The purpose of taking the locomotive back to its near original as built appearance has been to allow a new generation for the first time to see and experience how an operational Great Eastern Railway engine would have appeared at the turn of the last century, and with the Society’s historic coaching stock, allow the visiting public the opportunity to travel in authentic Edwardian style.
It also allows the engine to become a time machine, by progressively returning it through the various engineering modifications that first the LNER then BR made along with the accompanying liveries. The engine can be returned back to its various Class J15 appearances through to its final style as seen in the 1960’s at the time of final withdrawal from service.