The London & North Western Railway Greater Britain Class was a class of ten 2-2-2-2 steam locomotives designed for express passenger work by F. W. Webb in 1892 to 1894. Built to work the West Coast Expresses and was the first part of Webbs plan to have the West Coast Expresses pulled by a fleet of 2-2-2-2 locomotives. They were three-cylinder compounds: the two outside high pressure cylinders drove the trailing drivers via How-Stephenson valve gear, the one inside low pressure cylinder drive the leading drivers via slip eccentric. There was no connection between the two sets of driving wheels.
All locomotives were named; one unusual feature was that the names were split over two nameplates, one on each driving wheel splasher. This necessitated the use of two-word names, rather than some of the abbreviated names the LNWR had previously used. They continued in service until Webb’s retirement. His successor, George Whale preferred simple superheated locomotives; consequently they were all scrapped between 1906 and 1907.
The LNWR Greater Britain Class brings some much needed LNWR love into Train Simulator & a look into the history of more uncommon & forgotten locomotives. I hope you all enjoy it!