JB 1236 30/07/2017 Opiki, NZ
JB 1236 with Mainline Steam Tui Express Excursion near Opiki, Manawatu, New Zealand on 30/07/2017. en-route to Pahiatua.
JB 1236 was built in 1939 at North British Loco - 4-8-2 24559/39 as J 1236 (4-8-2), entered service 03/1940, Written Off 16/11/1971 and preserved 07/2001 at Sockburn as JB 1236 (`Joanna'. Main Line Certified. Outside Display MOTAT 20/12/1975-90. Restored MLS, Parnell 2/91-07/01 converted to oil-firing. Rec JB 1236.)
40 4-8-2 J Class Locomotves were built in 1939/40 by North British Loco, Glasgow and class was withdrawn in 1971.
The NZR J class steam locomotives were a class of locomotive used in New Zealand. Following the success of the K class on NZR main lines, there was an urgent need for a modern, powerful locomotive capable of running over secondary lines laid with lighter rails. Thus a new "Mountain" 4-8-2 type locomotive was designed and classified by NZGR as the new class J.
The class had a notable appearance with the boiler being partly streamlined after the style of the New Haven Railroad's J400 class, and was also similar to the Norfolk and Western Railway class J and the NSWGR 38 class. The J class incorporated all the latest ideas of the KA class but a noteworthy departure was the use of the Baker valve gear. The tender was of the Vanderbilt type.
Twelve J class locomotives were converted to oil burning and reclassified as JB class, and the bullet nose streamlining was gradually removed.
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