GWR Hurricane locomotive

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GWR Hurricane
Hurricane loco.jpg
Specifications
Power type Steam
Designer T. E. Harrison
Builder R. & W. Hawthorn & Co.
Serial number 236
Build date 1838
Total produced 1
Configuration 2-2-2+6
Gauge 7 ft 14 in (2,140 mm)
Leading wheel
diameter
4 feet 6 inches (1,372 mm)
Driver diameter 10 feet 0 inches (3,048 mm)
Trailing wheel
diameter
4 feet 6 inches (1,372 mm)
Wheelbase 15 feet 9 inches (4.80 m)
Cylinder size 16 in × 20 in (406 mm × 508 mm)
Career
Railroad(s) Great Western Railway
Number in class 1
Withdrawn 1839
Disposition Scrapped

Hurricane was the second of a pair of locomotives (the other being Thunderer) built for the Great Western Railway (GWR) by R. & W. Hawthorn & Co. whose design was very different from other steam locomotives. In order to meet Isambard Kingdom Brunel's strict specifications, a 2-2-2 frame carried the 'engine', while the boiler was on a separate six-wheeled frame.

The locomotive was delivered to the GWR on 6 October 1838 and ceased work in December 1839[1] after running for just 10,527 miles, but after withdrawal the boiler was used on a new Pyracmon Class goods locomotive, Bacchus.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Reed 1953, p. B11

References[edit]

  • Reed, P.J.T. (February 1953). White, D.E., ed. The Locomotives of the Great Western Railway, Part 2: Broad Gauge. Kenilworth: The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society. ISBN 0-901115-32-0. 
  • Waters, Laurence (1999). The Great Western Broad Gauge. Hersham: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 0-7110-2634-3.