In the bargain bag along with the Stephenson’s link motion came a bag of Joy’s radial motion,  and again, although this particular set is for an NER prototype, with a few changes it will be perfect for a GER engine as three of T.W. Worsdell’s classes were so fitted, viz: the M15 (LNER F4) 2-4-2T (twenty-nine of the first thirty only), the G14 2-4-0s and the G16 4-4-0s. This time I will need to replace the single wide slidebars and crosshead with a four-bar type which was fitted to these classes.

My reasons for not fitting most tank locos with working Stephenson’s link were given in my last post, and are equally relevant here regarding  the 2-4-2T ‘Gobblers’,  leaving the two express classes which shared the prestige trains with Holden’s T19s for a decade from the mid-1880s until the advent of the D27 and P43 Singles in the 1890s. However, it was the appearance of the Claud Hamilton S46 class in 1900 which signalled the end, the G14s becoming extinct in 1901 and the G16s in 1904.

T. W. Worsdell’s G14 No.645: It has been said this photo was taken on release to traffic in 1883, but I disagree – it’s at least the late 1880s, if not early 1890s.  The loco was one of the second batch of ten locos to Stratford order no. A15, and is paired with an H14 tender built to Stratford Order no. B15. Number 645 was withdrawn in 1899.  The G16s were a 4-4-0 compounding version of the class using the Worsdell-von Borries system. Aficionados of the NER will instantly recognise a family resemblance with the 2-4-0 and 4-4-0 classes Worsdell built for that company, and those familiar with the GER will recognise James Holden’s  later T19 and T26 classes in the design.  Parts of the Joy radial motion can easily be seen under the boiler.