GWR 3232 Class
|GWR 3232 Class|
|Gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Driver diameter||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Cylinder size||17.5 in x 24 in
(432 mm x 610 mm)
The 3232 Class, 20 2-4-0 locomotives designed by William Dean and built at Swindon Works for the Great Western Railway in 1892-3, were the GWR's last completely new 2-4-0 design. Their number series was 3232-3251, and they resembled Dean's own 2201 Class and thus also Armstrong's 806 Class, though they had larger cylinders and a shorter wheelbase. All received Belpaire boilers in the course of the normal varied reboilerings.
At the start of their careers these engines replaced their sister 2201s on Swindon-Weymouth trains, on South Wales expresses, and on fast North-to-West trains. Others were in the London and Reading areas, where others also moved when 4-4-0s displaced them from express working. A few went later to Machynlleth and Oswestry, where the last survivor was withdrawn in 1930.
- Tabor 1956, pp. D40-D42.
- Tabor, F.J. (February 1956). White, D.E., ed. The Locomotives of the Great Western Railway, part four: Six-wheeled Tender Engines. Kenilworth: RCTS.