The North-Eastern Railway 1518, a 4-4-0 two-cylinder express engine. Designer: T. W. Worsdell. Source: Pattinson, British Railways (1893).

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Since the accession of Mr. T. W. Worsdell to office as Locomotive Superintendent of this line, the power and weight of the North-Eastern locomotives have greatly increased. Before his time there was a number of types in use, the best-known of which were Fletcher's seven-feet coupled expresses, with cylinders 17 by 24 inches. But these dimensions look insignificant when compared to Mr. Worsdell's locomotives, which are mostly of the com- pound type, and are divisible into three classes. . . . It will be noticed that the dimensions are well-nigh colossal, especially in the case of the 1520 class of singles, which are almost the heaviest passenger engines in the country, and much superior to any work they have to do on the North-Eastern.

But besides these heavy passenger types, Mr. Worsdell has built nearly 200 goods engines on the compound principle and many tank engines suitable for either short passenger journeys or for shunting purposes. Ail of them are unusually symmetrical in design, and are painted a bright green. The Westinghouse brake is used. [104-107]

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Pattinson, J. Peabody. British Railways: Their Passenger Service, Rolling Stock, Locomotives, Gradients, and Express Speeds. London: Cassell, 1893. Internet Archive version of a copy in the Stanford University library. Web. 26 January 2013.

Last modified 26 January 2013