Locomotive Class

Class 4F

Class 4F Class: Class 4F
Type: Steam
Designer: Henry Fowler
Weight: 49 tons
Purpose: Freight

Information: Class 4F locomotives were the most powerful six coupled locomotives of the type built by the Midland Railway and later London Midland Scottish Railway (LMS).

Details: Like most successful locomotive designs the Class 4F traces back its heritage through earlier construction; in the case of the 4F its immediate predecessor being the 3F. Between 1924 and 1941, 575 locomotives were built at company owned works Derby, Crewe, St. Rollox, and Horwich. In addition three outside suppliers were also employed to construct the large volume required. Included in the total numbers were 5-locomotives built for the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway (S&DJR).
The 4Fs were common sights during the 1940s and 1950s, hauling typical mixed goods trains through-out the Midland Region. They were also commonly used as banking engines on the steep Lickey incline. It was not an uncommon sight to see the 4Fs in use as mixed traffic engines and were even double headed for heavy passenger traffic on the S&DJR on occasion. All the locomotives were taken into British Railways ownership in 1948.
Other than the five locomotives painted Prussian Royal Blue for the S&DJR the locomotives were all turned out in unlined black and remained so through their entire working lives.
By the late 1950s the class was life expired and withdrawals commenced in 1959, being completed by 1966. Four members have survived in varying degrees of preservation.

John Faulkner

Class 4F Releases (9)

MODEL NO. LIVERY
Class 4F Locomotive
Released: 2000
60 S. & D.J.R. Blue
Fowler Class 4F Locomotive
Released: 1998 1999 2000
44331 B.R. Black
Fowler Class 4F Locomotive
Released: 2001 2002
4418 L.M.S. Black
Fowler Class 4F Locomotive
Released: 2002 2004
44447 B.R. Black
Fowler Class 4F Locomotive
Released: 2003 2004
44454 B.R. Black
Fowler Class 4F Locomotive
Released: 2004 2005
43924 B.R. Black
Fowler Class 4F Locomotive
Released: 2011
44331 B.R. Black
Fowler Class 4F Locomotive
Released: 2011
4312 L.M.S. Black
Fowler Class 4F Locomotive (Weathered)
Released: 2006
43990 B.R. Black

Class 4F Images (9)

Class 4F Locomotive
Class 4F Locomotive 60

Fowler Class 4F Locomotive
Fowler Class 4F Locomotive 44331

Fowler Class 4F Locomotive
Fowler Class 4F Locomotive 4418

Fowler Class 4F Locomotive
Fowler Class 4F Locomotive 44447

Fowler Class 4F Locomotive
Fowler Class 4F Locomotive 44454

Fowler Class 4F Locomotive
Fowler Class 4F Locomotive 43924

Fowler Class 4F Locomotive
Fowler Class 4F Locomotive 44331

Fowler Class 4F Locomotive
Fowler Class 4F Locomotive 4312

Fowler Class 4F Locomotive (Weathered)
Fowler Class 4F Locomotive (Weathered) 43990


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