Locomotive Engine Plans & Diagrams
From the archive of the engine manufacturer Beyer Peacock and Co. Ltd., Manchester (© Science and Industry Museum, Manchester).
The 4-6-0 wheel arrangement was an extra version of the Class 8, designed by Robinson to compare performance with the 4-4-2 version Class 8 he had designed previously.
These engines became famous as the "Jersey Lilies", named after Lily Langtree. They were painted in the Great Central's passenger livery of green with vermilion wheel splashers and frames.
The 8F was Robinson's response to Sam Fay, the GCR General Manager, who requested faster passenger services to make the line more competitive.
The Robinson Class 8 Series were designed by the GCR's Chief Engineer, John G. Robinson, in 1902. The 8G was a smaller-wheeled version, designed with freight haulage in mind.
These engines were often used for passenger-hauling duties from suburbia into the cities, such as the route into London from Aylesbury.
Nicknamed "Pom Poms", the 9J was Robinson's first design for the GCR. The nickname derived from the bark of their exhaust. The 0-6-0 design was considered very modern at the time.
This Robinson designed Class 9 tank engine was designed in 1903, with suburban passenger services firmly in mind.
The Robinson 9Q was another smaller-wheeled freight hauling adaptation of a passenger engine. Like all Robinson designs, it was built by Beyer Peacock & Co of Manchester.
Designed by Harry Pollit in 1897, the Pollit Class 11A was later modified by Robinson.