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LMS Route: Rugby to Wolverhampton
LMS Route: Birmingham - Soho - Perry Barr - Birmingham
LMS Route: Birmingham New Street to Harborne

Monument Lane Shed: lnwrmlsh2231

Ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-2T 'Coal Tank' No 58900 is seen on a foggy day stabled alongside the shed

Ex-LNWR 2F 0-6-2T 'Coal Tank' No 58900 is seen on a foggy day stabled alongside the shed. Built as LNWR No 156 by Crewe works in September 1884 it later carried the LMS running number 7699 before being numbered as No 58900 by British Railways and as such remained in service until October 1954 when it was withdrawn from 84G Shrewsbury shed. The class of locomotives were classified as 'Coal Tanks' because they were a side tank version of Webb's standard 17" Coal Engine, an 0-6-0 tender engine for freight trains. The design was introduced in 1881 by F.W. Webb and had the same cheaply produced cast iron wheels and H-section spokes as the tender engines. A trailing radial truck supporting the bunker was added, again with two similarly cast iron wheels. Between 1881 and 1899 three hundred were built with four - LNWR No 178, No 484, No 1257 and No 69 - being withdrawn in January and February 1920 and a further four - LNWR No 142, No 994, No 782 and No 1012 in July and November 1922.

At the commencement of the 1923 grouping, some 292 of the class passed into the ownership of the London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS). The LMS gave the class the power classification as 1F and renumbered the locomotives - changing from the LNWR's random allocation which was based on vacant numbers to a block sequence of numbers, from 7550 to 7841. Many of the locomotives still in service in 1934 were renumbered by the addition of 20,000 to their number, a process described as being on the 'duplicate list'. This was to make the numbers available to the new locomotives being produced to a variety of Stanier designs. Sixty-four locomotives passed into British Railways ownership in 1948 and they were numbered from 58880 to 58937, but not all survived long enough to carry their BR numbers.