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Designed by Henry Fowler the 4F is a class of 0-6-0 locomotive created primarily for medium freight work, although it proved to be a versatile engine.
The prototype of the 4F, the Midland Railway 3835 Class, began production in 1911 through to 1922. With a few modifications, the most obvious being the adoption of left-hand driving, the design was adopted as an LMS (London, Midland and Scottish Railway) standard and from 1924 up to 1941 a total of 575 locomotives were made for LMS.
Withdrawals of the class started slowly in 1954 and began in earnest in 1959. The class was finally retired in 1966.
Several 4Fs have survived into preservation, with number 44422 being the most travelled and the only surviving left-hand drive model.
The Fowler 4F pack includes:
- Fowler 4F Locomotive
- Three Snow Plough Variants
- 3 Tender Variants
- Overhead Wire Restricted Variants
Additional Freight Stock included:
3Plank Wagon with canvas freight
- 5Plank Wagon with canvas freight
- 7Plank Wagon
- LMS Standard Van
- LMS Brake Van
Maids of all Work
The 4Fs on the Somerset and Dorset line were versatile in their use, and were referred to as the “maids of all work”. Today you have shunting duties around Bath yard where you must assemble a consist in the correct order.
Bank On It
Today, one of your duties is to providing assistance to a Black 5 taking goods out of Bath yard. Help this freight service up the climb before returning to the yard.
For the climb over the Mendip Hills many services need an assisting engine. However, no other engines are available and rather than delay your passengers you are going it alone, pushing your locomotive to the limit. Conditions are good so try to bring this eight coach train to Masbury on time.
A passenger service is travelling from Bournemouth to Manchester. Drive a 4F locomotive, piloting a Black 5, for the section from Templecombe to Bath Green Park while trying to maintain a strict timetable.
Free Roam at Templecombe
Pick a train by clicking on it, then explore the route.