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Great Central Railway Contractors Locomotives: Contents

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No. Title Description
1  Introduction to Contractors' Locomotives.  What were the contractors' locomotives?

The construction of the 'London Extension' was divided into seven separate sections, each one being a contract. These contr...
2  The work of the Contractors' Locomotives.   Being such a latecomer into the national railway system, the 'London Extension' had to carve a new route through the English countryside as all of the best routes had already ...
3  The life of a Contractors' Locomotive.  All of the contractors employed on the railway's construction had their own yards set up at various locations along the route. These yards were where materials were stored or ...
4  What became of the Contractors' Locomotives?  The 'London Extension' was completed in 1899, by which time, some of the contractors' engines were still less than ten years old. Others had been built in the 1870's but still...
5  The Manning Wardle locomotives.  The majority of the contractors' locomotives used on the construction of the Great Central Railway's two routes were built by Manning Wardle & Company Ltd in their Boyne E...
6  The Hunslet comparison.  Almost as popular as the Manning Wardle's were the similar locomotives built by the Hunslet Engine Company Ltd. Hunslet had already made its mark in the production of small in...
7  The four-coupled locomotives.  Working alongside the six-coupled locomotives were the smaller four-wheeled saddletank types, again originating mainly from Manning Wardle and Hunslet's workshops. Although no...
8  The other locomotive builders.  Not all of the Great Central Railway's contractors' locomotives were products of Manning Wardle and Hunslet. Although not nearly so numerous, there were several examples of lo...
9  Logan & Hemingway locomotive - No. 30.  In 1890, Manning Wardle & Co. Ltd rolled 'L' class locomotive, No. 1210, out of their Boyne Engineering Works in readiness for delivery to the engineering contractor, Loga...
10  Cranford Ironstone Quarries locomotive - SIR BERKELEY.  After working on several other railway contracts for both the London, Midland & Scottish Railway and the London & North Eastern Railway, No. 10 worked its last railway...