The Wheatley J85 (NBR Class E) 0-6-0T Locomotives
Nine of these locomotives were originally built by Wheatley. They were built as a batch of three in 1870 and a batch of six in 1873. No cab was fitted and the only footplate protection came from one small weatherboard. In common with many of the North British Railway's (NBR) 0-6-0Ts, they were rebuilt by Holmes with new boilers and a number of Holmes' features such as the chimney.
The J85s were built with wooden hand brakes, but cast iron blocks were eventually fitted. Reid fitted steam brakes to eight of the J85s.
The J85s were allocated to various yards in the Edinburgh and Glasgow areas for shunting duties. Withdrawals started in 1919, and eight had been withdrawn by the end of 1921. The sole survivor was No. 1168 which survived into LNER ownership. This was allocated to Eastfield to work as the Sighthill pilot. A member of the original 1870 batch, No. 1168 was finally withdrawn in September 1924.
|Boiler:||Diameter (max):||4ft 0.75in|
|Heating Surface:||Total:||840.63 sq.ft.|
|Tubes:||755.82 sq.ft. (171x 1.75in dia.)|
|Grate Area:||13.5 sq.ft.|
|Tractive Effort:||(at 85%)||14,336 lb|
|Max. Axle Load:||12t 6cwt|
|Coal Capacity:||~1t 10cwt|
None of the J85s survived into preservation.
I am not aware of any models of the J85s in any scale.