GWR Ariadne Class

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GWR Gooch Standard Goods
GWR Ariadne Class and Caliph Class
GWR Nemesis at Trowbridge.jpg
Nemesis
Specifications
Power type Steam
Designer Daniel Gooch
Builder Swindon Works, Great Western Railway
Build date 1852-1863
Total produced 102
Configuration 0-6-0
Gauge 7 ft (2,134 mm)
Driver diameter 5 ft 0 in (1,524 mm)
Wheelbase 16 ft 2 12 in (4.94 m)
Cylinder size 17 in × 24 in (432 mm × 610 mm)
Career
Operator(s) Great Western Railway
Class Ariadne or Caliph
Withdrawn 1871-1892
Disposition All scrapped

The Great Western Railway (GWR) Ariadne Class and Caliph Class were broad gauge 0-6-0 steam locomotives designed for goods train work by Daniel Gooch and are often referred to as his Standard Goods locomotives.

The class was introduced into service between May 1852 and March 1863, and were built in seven lots at Swindon totalling 102 locomotives,[1] and withdrawn between January 1871 and the end of the GWR broad gauge in May 1892.

Naming[edit]

Build date Retire date Name Name information Other notes
1856 1877 Amphion Amphion
1852 1879 Ariadne Ariadne
1857 1877 Avon River Avon
1854 1879 Banshee Banshee
1857 1872 Boyne River Boyne
1854 1874 Brutus Marcus Junius Brutus After withdrawal, Brutus was sold to the Bryndu Coal Company.
1854 1878 Caliph Caliph
1854 1877 Cambyses Cambyses
1853 1871 Cato Cato
1854 1877 Ceres Ceres
1862 1878 Champion Champion
1861 1878 Chronus Chronus
1853 1871 Cicero Marcus Tullius Cicero
1858 1872 Clyde River Clyde
1853 1875 Coquette Coquette
1862 1880 Cossack Cossack
1856 1872 Creon Creon
1853 1874 Cupid Cupid
1854 1878 Cyprus Cyprus
1853 1877 Diana Diana
1857 1880 Esk River Esk
1863 1883 Ethon Aethon
1853 1892 Europa Europa This locomotive was extensively rebuilt at Swindon railway works in 1869 and was thus the only member of this large class to survive until the end of the broad gauge on 21 May 1892.
1852 1874 Flirt Flirt
1854 1872 Flora Flora This locomotive was sold in 1873 to M. Moxhan and Company.
1858 1878 Forth River Forth
1854 1876 Geryon Geryon
1852 1880 Giaour The Giaour
1861 1877 Gladiator Gladiator
1856 1879 Gyfeillon Gyfeillon
1861 1878 Hades Hades
1852 1877 Hebe Hebe
1853 1873 Hecuba Hecuba After it was withdrawn, this locomotive was sold to the Dinas Main Coal Company.
1857 1883 Humber River Humber
1854 1874 Iris Iris
1854 1880 Janus Janus
1861 1876 Lagoon Lagoon
1852 1875 Leander Leander
1863 1881 Leonidas Leonidas
1855 1872 Liffey River Liffey
1863 1880 Luna Luna
1856 1879 Magi Magi
1857 1879 Mersey River Mersey
1855 1877 Metis Metis
1854 1875 Midas Midas
1853 1877 Minerva Minerva
1853 1879 Monarch Monarch
1853 1873 Nelson Lord Nelson After withdrawal, Nelson was sold to the Star Patent Fuel Company in Cardiff.
1855 1877 Nemesis Nemesis
1854 1881 Neptune Neptune
1855 1877 Nero Nero
1854 1877 Nimrod Nimrod
1855 1873 Octavia Claudia Octavia
1861 1879 Olympus Mount Olympus
1861 1877 Orpheus Orpheus
1854 1874 Orson Orson
1855 1877 Osiris Osiris
1856 1879 Pallas Palas
1863 1880 Pandora Pandora
1856 1878 Panthea Panthea
1852 1878 Pearl Pearl
1855 1876 Pelops Pelops
1861 1877 Pioneer Pioneer
1862 1875 Plutarch Mestrius Plutarchus
1855 1874 Plutus Plutus
1859 1875 Plym River Plym This locomotive was sold to V J Barton.
1853 1874 Psyche Psyche
1862 1883 Regulus Basilisk
1853 1879 Remus Remus
1855 1872 Rhea Rhea
1859 1877 Rhondda River Rhondda
1853 1877 Romulus Romulus
1854 1881 Ruby Ruby
1854 1877 Salus Salus
1857 1873 Severn River Severn
1861 1878 Severus Lucius Septimius Severus
1861 1880 Sirius Sirius
1857 1880 Shannon River Shannon
1854 1878 Sibyl Sibyl
1854 1873 Sphinx Sphinx
1862 1878 Sylla Sylla
1861 1877 Talbot Talbot
1859 1880 Tamar River Tamar
1862 1876 Tantalus Tantalus
1858 1881 Tay River Tay
1854 1877 Thames River Thames
1862 1880 Theseus Theseus
1853 1871 Trafalgar Battle of Trafalgar
1857 1874 Tweed River Tweed
1859 1877 Tyne River Tyne
1855 1879 Typhon Typhon
1853 1872 Ulysses Ulysses After withdrawal, Ulysses was sold to Gorham and Company.
1854 1879 Vesper Vesper
1854 1879 Vixen Vixen
1861 1877 Warhawk Warhawk
1861 1872 Warrior Warrior
1859 1879 Wear River Wear
1853 1873 Wellington Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
1859 1879 Wye River Wye
1863 1882 Xerxes Xerxes
1855 1877 Zetes Zetes
1853 1874 Zina Zina

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reed 1953, p. B24.
  • Reed, P. J. T. (February 1953). White, D. E., ed. The Locomotives of the Great Western Railway, Part 2: Broad Gauge. Kenilworth: RCTS. pp. B24–B26. ISBN 0-901115-32-0. 
  • Waters, Laurence (1999). The Great Western Broad Gauge. Hersham: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7110-2634-6.