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0-4-0 Tender
Y10 Wheatley
0-4-0 Tank
Y1 Sentinel
Y3 Sentinel
Y10 Sentinel
Y11 Simplex
GNR Tram

The Y8 (NER K) 0-4-0 Shunters

Worsdell Y8 0-4-0

The Y8 was T.W. Worsdell's last design, and was specifically designed for the docks at Hull. A total of five of these tiny engines were built in 1890. These were numbered 559-63.

All five survived into LNER ownership. However, the Depression-era reduction in dock traffic and the increased use of Sentinel shunters led to the scrapping of three Y8s in 1936/7. 559 and 560 survived to the 1946 renumbering, and were renumbered as 8090 and 8091 respectively. Both survived into BR ownership, but neither survived long enough to acquire an updated '60000' number plate. 8090 was withdrawn in November 1948. 8091 became Departmental Locomotive No. 55, and acquired a 50A shed plate. This locomotive was finally withdrawn in June 1954.

With the exception of the WW1 loan of 559 for military work (Royal Arsenal at Woolwich, and Royal Engineer work at the mouth of the Humber), all five of the Y8s remained at Hull docks until the 1936/7 withdrawals. WW2 seriously reduced the amount of traffic coming into Hull, so in 1942 No. 560 was moved to York. At the beginning of 1945, 559 was moved to Springhead.

The Y8s were originally fitted with 'marine' type boilers, ie. with a cylindrical flue into which the grate fitted. Between 1902 and 1904, they were all re-boilered with more traditional boilers similar to those fitted to the Y7 locomotives.

Originally, all of the Y8s were fitted with a single whistle of the bell-shaped type. 560, 561, and 563 acquired the organ type during LNER ownership. 559 also had one of these whistles fitted, but after 1940. In 1942, 560 acquired the chime whistle from the Gresley A4 4469, which was destroyed during an air raid at York. By 1946, the original organ-pipe whistle had been restored.

Technical Details

Cylinders (x2): 11x15in.
Boiler: Diameter (max): 3ft 8in
Length: 5ft 2 1/8in
Heating Surface: Total: 389.2 sq.ft.
Firebox: 44.5 sq.ft.
Tubes: 344.7 sq.ft.
Grate Area: 10.27 sq.ft.
Wheels: 3ft
Total Wheelbase: 6ft
Tractive Effort: 5999 lb
Length: 17ft 10.5in
Weight: (full) 15t 10cwt
Water Capacity: 250 gallons
Coal Capacity: 4cwt


None of the Y8s survived into preservation. However there are reports that either Beamish or the A1 Peppercorn Trust are considering building a new Y8.


Nu-Cast sell a OO gauge (4mm scale) kit of the Y8. Ks Loco Kits have produced a kit of the Y8 for OO gauge (4mm scale), but current availability is unknown.

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