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Part Four

A Tangle of Tenders

In the previous three parts the two types of Corridor Tenders have been looked at in some detail. In total twenty two Corridor tenders were built and all were attached to Class A4 Engines. The total is made up as follows, ten 1928 Corridor Tender types, eleven 1935 Streamlined Corridor Tender types, and one Modified 1928 Corridor Tender type (Ex Nº10000).

A further sixteen Non Corridor Tenders came to be attached to the Class A4 Engines; these will be dealt with in chronological order of attachment. Fifteen of these Tenders are of the 1936 Non Corridor Streamlined type and one is of the 1930 High Sided type (The non corridor version of the 1928 Corridor Tender).

Tender Nº5667 – 1936 Non Corridor Streamlined Type

Attached to

From

To

A4

4462

GREAT SNIPE

A4

4482*

GOLDEN EAGLE

25/7/1941

30/10/1964 withdrawn

* Nº23, Nº60023

(Two changes of Engine)

Tender Nº5668 – 1936 Non Corridor Streamlined Type

First and only attachment to Class A4 Nº4463 (Nº18, Nº60018) SPARROW HAWK 27/11/1937 to 19/6/1963. (One Engine only)

Tender Nº5638 – 1936 Non Corridor Streamlined Type

The Tender building was obviously not keeping pace with the locomotive building, so this Tender, first attached to Class A3 Nº2752 SPION KOP 23/1/1937 to 27/9/1937, was transferred to Class A4 Nº4464 (Nº19, Nº60019) BITTERN 18/12/ 1937 to withdrawal 5/9/1966. The tender was not scrapped but taken into preservation with the locomotive. (Two Changes of Engine)

Tender Nº5669 – 1936 Non Corridor Streamlined Type.

First and only attachment to Class A4 Nº4465 (Nº20, Nº60020) GUILLEMOT 25/12/1937 to withdrawal 20/3/1964. (One Engine only)

Tender Nº5670 – 1936 Non Corridor Streamlined Type

Attached to

From

To

A4

4466*

HERRING GULL**

22/1/1938

23/12/1950

A4

60013

DOMINION OF NEW ZEALAND

8/1/1951

12/4/1955

A4

60032

GANNET

12/4/1955

7/9/1955

A4

60003

ANDREW K McCOSH

7/9/1955

29/12/1962 withdrawn

This tender was not scrapped but refurbished and attached to Class A4 Nº4468 MALLARD for display at Clapham Museum, and was also renumbered to 5642 to match the tender in use when Mallard claimed the World Speed Record for Steam Traction.

* Nº6, Nº60006

** SIR RALPH WEDGWOOD – 6/1/1944

(Four Changes of Engine plus One Change into Preservation)

Tender Nº5671 – 1936 Non Corridor Streamlined Type

Attached to

From

To

A4

4467*

WILD SWAN

19/2/1938

1/4/1957

A4

60008

DWIGHT D EISENHOWER

1/4/1957

20/7/1963 withdrawn

Again this Tender was not scrapped but was refurbished along with the Engine and shipped to the United States for display at the American National Railway Museum at Green Bay, Wisconsin.

* Nº21, Nº60021

Tender Nº5642 – 1936 Non Corridor Streamlined Type

Attached to

From

To

A3

2746

FAIRWAY

24/4/1937

25/10/1937

A4

4468

MALLARD

3/3/1938

14/3/1939

A4

2509

SILVER LINK

19/4/1939

25/5/1939

A4

2512

SILVER FOX

25/5/1939

9/6/1939

A4

4903*

PEREGRINE

9/6/1939

24/1/1948

A4

60027

MERLIN

11/3/1948

20/7/1948

A4

60030

GOLDEN FLEECE

30/7/1948

30/6/1951

A4

60028

WALTER K WHIGHAM

30/6/1951

24/6/1952

A4

60003

ANDREW K McCOSH

24/6/1952

20/1/1954

A4

60026

MILES BEEVOR

20/1/1954

21/12/1965 withdrawn

* Nº34, Nº60034

Again this tender did not go for scrap but along with Nº60026 went to Crewe Works to provide spare parts for the overhaul of Class A4 Nº4498 (Nº60007) SIR NIGEL GRESLEY. On completion of the overhaul the remains of the Tender were purchased by the A4 Locomotive Society, and taken to the Hunslet Engine Co. in Leeds, with a view to converting the tender into a Water Tank. However the scheme was not financially viable and the tender languished in Hunslet Goods Yard in Leeds and was eventually cut up in 1975.

(Ten Changes of Engine plus One into semi-preservation )

Tender Nº5672 – 1936 Non Corridor Streamlined Type

First attached to Class A4 Nº4469 GADWALL (SIR RALPH WEDGWOOD 1/3/1939) 30/3/1938 to 6/6/1942. This Tender was damaged during an air raid on York on 29/4/1942 and was officially withdrawn on 6/6/1942, however it was stored in Doncaster Works for the next three and a half years until it was repaired and attached to Class A2/1 Nº3696 (later named HIGHLAND CHIEFTAIN) on 24/12/1945, the tender remained with this Engine until withdrawn on 12/12/1960.

Tender Nº5673 – 1936 Non Corridor Streamlined Type

First and only attachment to Class A4 Nº4499 (Nº2, Nº60002) POCHARD (SIR MURROUGH WILSON 8/4/1939) 12/4/1938 until withdrawal 4/5/1964.

(One Engine Only)

Tender Nº5674 – 1936 Non Corridor Streamlined Type

First and only attachment to Class A4 Nº4500 (Nº1, Nº60001) GARGANEY (SIR RONALD MATTHEWS 11/3/1939) 16/4/1938 until withdrawal 12/10/1964.

(One Engine Only)

Tender Nº5675 – 1936 Non Corridor Streamlined Type

Attached to

From

To

A4

4900*

GANNET

17/5/1938

16/9/1952

A4

60026

MILES BEEVOR

1/10/1952

1/6/1953

A4

60032

GANNET

1/6/1953

17/6/1954

A4

60006

SIR RALPH WEDGWOOD

17/6/1954

3/9/1965 withdrawn

* Nº32, Nº60032

(Four Changes of Engine)

Tender Nº5641 – 1936 Non Corridor Streamlined Type

Attached to

From

To

A3

2508

BROWN JACK

2/4/1937

19/4/1938

A4

4901*

CAPERCALLIE**

14/5/1938

12/3/1964 withdrawn

* Nº5, Nº60005

** CHARLES H NEWTON 19/8/1942, SIR CHARLES NEWTON 4/6/1943

(Two Changes of Engine)

Tender Nº5636 – 1936 Non Corridor Streamlined Type

Attached to

From

To

A1

2572

ST. GATIEN

3/12/1936

25/8/1937

A4

4902*

SEAGULL

28/6/1938

3/7/1948

A4

60009

UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA

5/5/1948

14/5/1948

A4

60016

SILVER KING

11/6/1948

19/3/1965 withdrawn

* Nº33, Nº60033

(Four Changes of Engine)

Tender Nº5639 – 1936 Non Corridor Streamlined Type

Attached to

From

To

A3

2507

SINGAPORE

20/2/1937

13/10/1937

the tender then seems unusually to have been stored for nine months before being attached to

A4

4903

PEREGRINE

1/7/1938

22/4/1939

A4

4468*

MALLARD

5/5/1939

16/1/1948

A4

60004

WILLIAM WHITELAW

4/2/1948

24/5/1948

W1

60700

18/6/1948

4/7/1953

A4

60010

DOMINION OF CANADA

9/7/1953

20/7/1953

W1

60700

18/8/1953

1/6/1959 withdrawn

* Nº22, Nº60022

(Seven Changes of Engine)

Tender Nº5640 – 1936 Non Corridor Streamlined Type

Attached to

From

To

A3

2796

SPEARMINT

25/3/1937

31/5/1938

A1

4472

FLYING SCOTSMAN

2/7/1938

15/1/1963

A4

60034

LORD FARRINGDON

28/1/1963

24/8/1966

A4

60024

KINGFISHER

24/8/1966

5/9/1966 withdrawn

(Four Changes of Engine)

Further details:

This Tender spent all its life attached to Class A1 and A3 Engines. First attached to Class A3 2796 SPEARMINT 25/3/1937 to 31/5/1938, it was then transferred to Class A1 Nº4472 FLYING SCOTSMAN on 2/7/1938, it remained with this Engine through Re-building to Class A3 and re-numbering, to 506 on 20/1/1946, to 103 5/5/1946, and finally to 60103 30/12/1948. The tender was theoretically withdrawn when the Engine was sold for preservation on 15/1/1963. The new owner wanted a corridor tender so a swap was arranged with Class A4 Nº60034 LORD FARRINGDON, the tender staying with Nº60034 from 28/1/1963 to 24/8/1966, and was transferred to Class A4 Nº60024 24/8/1966 to withdrawal 5/9/1966.

Tender Nº5584 – 1930 High sided Type

Strictly not a true official attachment to a Class A4 Engine, more an operational loan. Class A3 Nº2563 TAGALIE was in Works, along with its Tender Nº5584, from 19/9/1945 to 17/11/1945 for a General Overhaul. Class A4 Nº4494 ANDREW K McCOSH was ready to leave the Works, but its Tender Nº5649 had been given to Class A4 Nº2509 SILVER LINK when it left works on 20/10/1945 so Tender Nº5584 was "borrowed" from 29/10/1945 to 5/11/1945, Nº4494 regaining tender Nº5649 on 7/11/1945. This was the only time that a 1930 High Sided Tender was attached to a Class A4 Engine.

In order keep the record straight, the five tenders transferred from the Class A1 and A3 engines in 1937 were replaced by 1930 High Sided Tenders, that became available when the rebuilt "Raven" Pacifics were withdrawn. There are also the tenders attached to the Class W1 Nº10000 (60700), these are covered under the specific Tender Nos. but for the sake of clarity they are listed as follows:

Tender Nº5484 – 1928 Style Corridor tender, built specifically for this Engine, attached 21/6/1930 to 18/6/1948.

Tender Nº5639 – 1936 Non Corridor Streamlined Type attached 18/6/1948 to 4/7/1953

Tender Nº5647—Streamlined Corridor Type attached 4/7/1953 to 18/8/1953, probably the only tender available at the time. Nº60700 did not get much use out of the tender (Ten Days at most) as it was in Works from 13/7/1953 to 18/8/1953, on leaving the Works it regained Tender Nº5639, which it retained to withdrawal on 1/6/1959.

The End

Researched and written by Mel Haigh,
Education Officer, Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust Ltd.
First published in Chime 130, Christmas 2003
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