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George Hughes (engineer)

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George Hughes was a locomotive engineer, and Chief Mechanical Engineer
Chief Mechanical Engineer
Chief Mechanical Engineer and Locomotive Superintendent are titles applied by British, Australian, and New Zealand railway companies to the person ultimately responsible to the board of the company for the building and maintaining of the locomotives and rolling stock...

 of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway was a major British railway company before the 1923 Grouping. It was incorporated in 1847 from an amalgamation of several existing railways...

 and the London, Midland and Scottish Railway
London, Midland and Scottish Railway
The London Midland and Scottish Railway was a British railway company. It was formed on 1 January 1923 under the Railways Act of 1921, which required the grouping of over 120 separate railway companies into just four...



  • L&YR Class 6, a superheated development of the Class 5
    L&YR Class 5
    The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Class 5 and Class 6 were two related classes of 2-4-2T steam locomotives.- Class 5 :The class began as a John Aspinall design of 1889. The first locomotives had 18"×26" cylinders for a tractive effort of 18,955 lb and power class 2P...

  • L&YR Class 8
    L&YR class 8
    The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway class 8 was a four-cylinder 4-6-0 express passenger locomotive designed by George Hughes in 1908. As designed, they were fitted with Joy valve gear. These original locomotives were described as “poor performers” . They suffered coal consumption as high as 100...

     4-6-0 Dreadnought
  • 4-6-4T Dreadnought tank
    L&YR Hughes 4-6-4T
    The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Hughes 4-6-4T was a class of steam locomotives. They were a 4-6-4T tank engine version of the L&YR Class 8 , hence they were known as "Dreadnought tanks". As all were actually built by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1924 after the grouping, albeit...

  • L&YR Class 28
    L&YR Class 28
    The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Class 28 is a class of 0-6-0 steam locomotive, designed by George Hughes. It is the rebuild of Aspinall's Class 27, due to the addition of a Belpaire firebox and the extension of the footplate and front sandboxes. It is similar, but superheated...

Electric locomotive

During Hughes' time at the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway an experimental electric locomotive
Electric locomotive
An electric locomotive is a locomotive powered by electricity from overhead lines, a third rail or an on-board energy storage device...

  (rebuilt from a steam locomotive of 2-4-2 wheel arrangement) was introduced in 1912 for goods traffic. This had four 150 horsepower motors (total 600 hp) and could pick up current from the third rail
Third rail
A third rail is a method of providing electric power to a railway train, through a semi-continuous rigid conductor placed alongside or between the rails of a railway track. It is used typically in a mass transit or rapid transit system, which has alignments in its own corridors, fully or almost...

 on the main line or from overhead lines
Overhead lines
Overhead lines or overhead wires are used to transmit electrical energy to trams, trolleybuses or trains at a distance from the energy supply point...

 in the Aintree
Aintree is a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, Merseyside. It lies between Walton and Maghull on the A59 road, about north of Liverpool city centre, in North West England....

 and North Mersey
North Mersey railway goods station
North Mersey was a goods terminus on the North Mersey Branch. It closed in 1973....

 yards. It was scrapped in 1919.

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