The Wheatley J86 (NBR Class E) 0-6-0 Tank Engines
Wheatley came to the North British Railway (NBR) in 1867 and found that most of the locomotives lacked the power for the work that was required of them. He approached the problem of local and branch passenger locomotives in 1870 with his Class E (LNER J86) locomotives. Only two of the J86s were built before the design was modified slightly to give the J81 locomotives. Both variations were given the NBR classification of 'Class E', and this appears to have led some confusion in the past.
Both of the J86s were fitted with weather boards instead of a cab. Hand brakes were fitted as standard although a Westinghouse brake was latter fitted to No. 228.
Both engines were initially allocated to Cowlairs for working local passenger trains in the Glasgow area. No. 228 is noted as working the Blane Valley line for many years. Later on, they were re-allocated to shunting duties at Parkhead (No. 1172) and Polmont (No. 1173).
No. 1172 was withdrawn in 1919, leaving No. 228 to enter LNER ownership as No. 1173. By this time it was usually found shunting the Grahamston and Springfield Yards in Falkirk. No. 1173 was the last surviving Wheatley 0-6-0ST in traffic, when it was finally withdrawn in October 1924.
|Boiler:||Diameter (max):||4ft 0.75in|
|Heating Surface:||Total:||900.5 sq.ft.|
|Tubes:||817 sq.ft. (171x 1.75in dia.)|
|Grate Area:||16 sq.ft.|
|Tractive Effort:||(at 85%)||12,185 lb|
|Max. Axle Load:||~13t 9cwt|
|Water Capacity:||759 gallons|
|Coal Capacity:||~1t 10cwt|
None of the J86s survived into preservation.
I am not aware of any models of the J86s in any scale.