The LNER 2-6-4 Tank Locomotives
For various reasons, the LNER did not have many 2-6-4T locomotives until Thompson introduced his L1 as a part of his standardisation plan. The LNER inherited 2-6-4Ts from the Great Central Railway (GCR) and London Transport (ex-Metropolitan Railway), but never built any more of these designs. Gresley is thought to have seriously considered a passenger 2-6-4T design in the 1920s. After serious derailments of similar locomotives on the Southern Railway, he amended the design to that of a 2-6-2T.
|Class||Builder||Designer||First Built||Last Withdrawal||Comments|
|L1||GCR||Robinson||1914||1955||Reclassifed as L3 in 1945.|
|L2||Metropolitan||Maunsell / Hally||1925||1948||Taken over from London Transport in 1937.|
|L3||GCR||Robinson||1914||1955||Reclassifed from L1 in 1945.|