LMS Fowler Class 4F
The London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) Fowler 4F is a class of 0-6-0 steam locomotive designed for medium freight work. They represent the ultimate development of Midland Railway's six coupled tender engines.
The 4F was based on the 197-strong Midland Railway 3835 Class of 1911, with only a few modifications, primarily the adoption of left-hand drive in favour of right-hand drive. They originally had been designed by Henry Fowler, who from 1925 became CME of the LMS.
Reluctantly because of they were part of the Midland's small engine policy adopted by the LMS but reversed by Stanier, and incoportated certain poor design features, particularly in ill-advise attempt at standardisation, the adoption of Midland standard small axle boxes.
The LMS constructed 530 of the locomotives between 1923 and 1928, numbered sequentially from where the Midland engines left off from 4027. A further 45 examples were reluctantly authorised by William Stanier in 1937 at the behest of the operating department.
|Numbers||Lot No.||Date built||Built by|
The missing numbers 44557-44561 relate to locomotives built to Midland Railway design for the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway in 1922.
Three LMS-built 4Fs survive. The first-built LMS 4F No. (4)4027 is part of the National Railway Collection. Classmates (4)4123 and (4)4422 have also escaped the cutter's torch. In addition, one of the Midland-built 4Fs, (4)3924 also survives.
|Numbers||Location||Condition||Link to preserved locomotive database|
|4027||44027||Midland Railway Centre||Restoration in progress||44027|
|4123||44123||Avon Valley Railway||Restoration in progress||44123|
|4422||44422||East Lancashire Railway||Operational||44422|
Hornby Produce a 00 gauge model using the old Dapol (formerly Airfix) tooling. In 0 gauge Bachmann brassworks produce an accurate model and Finally in N Gauge Graham Farish produce a model of the class.
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