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Friday, 24 August 2012

4-2-2 Locomotive 673 the Midland 'Spinner'

Designed by Samuel Johnson, the 115 class nicknamed 'Spinners'.
It was quite common for this class of engine to pull a typical Midland express weighing 200 and 250 tons which suited the Class 115 perfectly.

Very redolent of the turn of the last century 

A Midland 'spinner' rests at the platform with a rake of clerestory coaches
Speeds up to 90 mph were not uncommon and the sight of their whirring huge driving wheels earned them the nickname "Spinners". Thanks to the Midland's practice of building low powered locomotives and relying on double-heading to cope with heavier trains many enjoyed working lives of up to 30 years.

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