GWR Hurricane locomotive

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GWR Hurricane
Hurricane loco.jpg
Type and origin
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 (2,134 mm)
Leading wheel
4 feet 6 inches (1,372 mm)
Driver diameter 10 feet 0 inches (3,048 mm)
Trailing wheel
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)
Operator(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Withdrawn 1839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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  1. ^ Reed 1953, p. B11