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Question about 2-4-0 Nr. 465

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Anybody any idea, what locomotive this could be? Picture taken somewhere between 1880 and 1890. Found in the ETH Library Zurich collection.
The cab looks quite special. Maybe somebody has an idea, what is written on the number plate.

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There is nothing particularly unusual about the cab in an era where the design of such components was developing. The works’ plate might be North Eastern Railway, in which case the works would probably be Darlington or Gateshead. Unfortunately I can’t get the image of the works’ plate to enlarge.
 
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The thing what I think, is unusual is that rounded area here. Most cabs have here a corner.
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In my opinion, there are the following candidates:
  • North Eastern Railway 465, built in 1873 by Gateshead Works
  • Great Eastern Rly. 465, built in 1892 by Stratford Works

    What would speak for the NER locomotive is the shape of the cab.
    Here seen on a 901:
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    (found here)
 
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The plate reads Gateshead not Darlington (9 characters not 10).

Looks like a NER Fletcher 398 class (of which there were many variants, on a quick read). Most of the photos online show the unusual cab, or a later replacement, but why the curved plate escapes me..

https://www.lner.info/locos/J/ner_398.php
 

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Downloading the original jpg image and zooming in renders the works plate fairly legible, confirming the loco maker as North Eastern Railway 1873 at Gateshead Works, so their No 465, as above. Not a '901': it has smaller driving wheels
 

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Baxter & Baxter's British Locomotive Catalogue shows it as a NER Class 675 2-4-0, built June 1873, withdrawn circa 1889.
Presumably not the most successful of designs. Of the 35 locos built, only a handful lasted more than 20 years, whereas other locos built in that era often lasted for at least 40 years.

Driving Wheels 5ft. 6in.
 
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Thanks for the response of Bevan Price. Received also this information. Here another picture of a Class 675.
In which period the class 675 locomotives were built?

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