LMS Route: Stratford Midland Junction - The Shakespeare
E&WJR and SMJ - Locomotives and Rolling Stock:
An official works photograph of E&WJR 0-6-0 No 14 prior
to it being delivered to the railway. Dick Riley and Bill Simpson's caption to
the above states 'Engine No 14 BP 0-6-0 in what appears to be in an ex-works
livery in 1903'. However, as Simon Dunkley states on our locomotive page,
'Following on from number 13, these were also delivered in blue'.
Clearly the loco is in a much lighter colour, most likely an undercoat, a
practice adopted at most railway manufacturers in the days of black and white
photography. Simon notes that No 14, together with No 15 and No 16, 'were an
updated version of those which went before, but with Belpaire fireboxes,
straight footplates and 4 foot 9 inch wheels. Cylinders and motion were the
same as for the 2-4-0, as was for the most part the boiler and firebox. These
locos were not fitted with air brakes, being vacuum only, and allowed the
displacement of the DX goods on through goods trains'.