LNER Class J38

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About LNER Class J38

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The London and North Eastern Railway Class J38 was a class of steam locomotive designed for freight work. They were designed by Nigel Gresley and introduced in 1926. A total of 35 were built and they were used in Scotland. All passed into British Railways ownership in 1948 and they were numbered 65900-65934. The J39 was a later development, exchanging the J38's 4'8" driving wheels with larger 5'2", 289 J39s being built. Some of the J38s were later rebuilt with J39 boilers. All J38s were withdrawn between 1962 and 1967, with none surviving the cutter's torch. There are plans to build a replica of an LNER J38, along with a J39, for preservation in a few years to come. Ian Allan ABC of British Railways Locomotives, 1962 edition

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