South Devon Railway Remus class

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Type and origin
Power type Steam
Builder Avonside Engine Company
Configuration 0-6-0ST
Gauge 7 ft 0 14 in (2.140 m)
Driver diameter 4 ft 9 in (1.45 m)
Wheelbase 15 ft 4 in (4.67 m)
Cylinder size 16 12 in × 24 in (420 mm × 610 mm)
Operator(s) South Devon Railway,
Great Western Railway
Class Remus

The two Remus class locomotives were 0-6-0 saddle tank broad gauge locomotives operated by the South Devon Railway, England. They were ordered for working goods trains on the West Cornwall Railway but were also used on passenger trains.

The two Remus class locomotives were similar to the Dido class but with slightly larger wheels. They were built by the Avonside Engine Company.

On 1 February 1876 the South Devon Railway was amalgamated with the Great Western Railway, the locomotives were given numbers by their new owners but continued to carry their names.


  • Remus (1866 – 1886) GWR no. 2154
  • Romulus (1866 – 1892) GWR no. 2155

The names, like many other locomotives of this era, came from classical mythology. Romulus and Remus were the traditional founders of Rome.


  • The Locomotives of the Great Western Railway, Part 2: Broad Gauge. The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society. ISBN 0-906867-90-8. 
  • Beck, Keith; Copsey, John (1990). The Great Western in South Devon. Didcot: Wild Swan Publications. ISBN 0-901115-32-0. 
  • Gregory, R H (1982). The South Devon Railway. Salisbury: The Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-286-2. 
  • Waters, Laurence (1999). The Great Western Broad Gauge. Hersham: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 0-7110-2634-3. 
  • Railway company records at The National Archives