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Broad Gauge

Locomotives

A35 Hawthorn Class

Built for the Great Western Railway between April 1865 and February 1966 to a design by Joseph Armstrong the first 20 were constructed by the newly formed Avonside Engine Company Ltd. These 20 were named after famous engineers, a further 6 were built by the GWR at Swindon and these carried the names of withdrawn Firefly Class locomotives that they replaced. They had 16" x 24" cylinders, 6' driving wheels with a 4' carrying wheel. 'John Grey' was the first to be withdrawn in March 1876 but a number lasted until the demise of the broad gauge in May 1892. 10 were rebuilt as 2-4-0ST (A44) in 1877 with slightly larger 12" x 24" cylinders, 5' driving wheels and 4' carrying wheels.

Name Built Withdrawn
Hawthorn Apr 1865  
Hackworth May 1865  
John Gray May 1865  
Murdock May 1865  
Melling May 1865  
Gooch May 1865  
Hedley Jun 1865  
Roberts Jun 1865  
Bury Jul 1865  
Fenton Jul 1865  
Dewrance Jul 1865  
Foster Sep 1865  
Blenkensop Dec 1865  
Avonside Dec 1865  
Beyer Dec 1865  
Hawk Dec 1865  
Ostrich Dec 1865  
Penn Jan 1866  
Peacock Jan 1866  
Stewart Jan 1866  
Phlegethon Jan 1866  
Pollux Feb 1866  
Sharp Feb 1866  
Wood Feb 1866  
Acheron Feb 1866  
Cerebus Feb 1866  

 

Plans

 
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Hawk as in 1865.

The Broad Gauge Of The Great Western Railway, The Bristol ANd Exeter And The North And South Devon Railways

 

Photographs

 
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Bury, as built by Slaughter, Gruning & Co. in 1865. The engine was converted to a saddle tank in 1877.

Brunel's Broad Gauge Railway

 
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Dewrance, pictured at Taunton sometime between 1876 and 1892. Built in July 1865.

Taunton In The 1880s

 
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Dewrance.

Great Western Broad Gauge Album

 
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Fenton with special buffers for working broad or narrow gauge stock. Is this Bath Road Shed?

Newton Abbot: 150 Years A Railway Town

 
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Gooch, pictured at Taunton sometime between 1876 and 1892. Built in May 1865 as works number 599.

Taunton In The 1880s

 
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Gooch.

Great Western Railway Handbook

 
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Hackworth, the second of the Hawthorns built. The tender carries a weather board suggesting use and a branchline without suitable turning facilities. Note the dual gauge buffers and sliding coupling. Taken at Newton Abbot with the 'middle' signal box a Saxby & Farmer Type 4 behind the tender.

A Broad Gauge Album

 
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Wood, station pilot at Newton Abbot on 17 July 1889 seen resting between duties in the engine spur at the east end. Built in February 1866 by Avonside she survived until the end of the Broad Gauge.

Broad Gauge Finale
Great Western Broad Gauge Album
The Newton Abbot To Kingswear Railway (1844-1988)

 
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Wood, seen again at Newton Abbot

A Broad Gauge Album

 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GWR_Hawthorn_Class