The bulky lines of the LNER ‘J50’ 0-6-0T have been recreated in ‘N’ gauge by Sonic Models. MIKE WILD assesses how this new locomotive stacks up.
The steeply graded lines in the West Riding of Yorkshire encouraged the Great Northern Railway (GNR) to develop a new tank engine with long side tanks to replace tender locomotives on the same duties. The side tanks increased their adhesive weight allowing them to tackle the challenging climbs and gave them increased range too.
The first were classified ‘J23’ by the GNR, and later became ‘J51’ with the LNER, and later spurned the ‘J50’ 0-6-0T which became an LNER Group Standard design in 1926 when 52 locomotives were built.