63395, Raven LNER Q6 0-8-0 (NER Class T2)
Photographed on 7 February 2009 outside the shed at the Great Central Railway, Loughborough. This locomotive was built as no. 2238 for the North Eastern Railway. Restored in 1970, it had vacuum brake equipment fitted so that it could haul passenger traffic on the the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR). A major overhaul was completed in 2007, and No. 2238 re-entered traffic in September 2007.
See also picture #3734
A total of 120 Q6s were built between 1913 and 1921, in a total of six batches. The Q6s were an unqualified success. By combining Worsdell's motion with the B15 boiler and the Schmidt superheater, Raven managed to create a strong and reliable locomotive which gave good strong service right up to the end of BR steam. From 1930, the Schmidt superheaters were replaced with Robinson superheaters to bring them in line with LNER practice. From 1938, the boiler design was updated from Diagram 50 to Diagram 50A. The 50A boilers had their domes 1ft 3in further back, and a sloping firebox throatplate was fitted. The boiler tubes were also increased from 144 to 156. General withdrawals started in 1963, and the last Q6 was withdrawn in 1967.
Picture added on 20 February 2009