Barry Railway Class D

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Barry Railway Class D
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer John Waddington Mann
Builder Sharp, Stewart & Co.
Build date 1889 and 1897
Total produced 4
 • Whyte 0-8-0
 • UIC D n2t
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Driver dia. 4 ft 3 in (1.295 m)
Wheelbase 15 ft 5 in (4.699 m)
Loco weight 48 long tons 17 cwt (109,400 lb or 49.6 t) (54.7 short tons)
Fuel type Coal
Cylinders Two outside
Cylinder size 20 in × 26 in (508 mm × 660 mm)
Performance figures
Tractive effort 27,200 lbf (120.99 kN)
Delivered 1889 and 1897
Withdrawn 1927–1930
Disposition All scrapped

Barry Railway Class D were 0-8-0T steam tender engines of the Barry Railway in South Wales. They were built to a standard Sharp, Stewart and Company design modified by John Waddington Mann, the Chief Mechanical Engineer for the Swedish & Norwegian Railway. In fact, 20 of these locomotives were ordered by this railway. However the company ran into severe financial difficulty with the result that only one and a half locomotives were paid for by the S&N.

Barry purchases[edit]

Two of the locomotives, S&N 25 and 26, never reached overseas but were retained by Sharp, Stewart. They were later sold to the Barry Railway in October 1889 and became numbers 35 and 36. Two other locomotives, S&N 5 and 8, were seized by bailiffs in December 1891. There then followed a long drawn out legal dispute between Sharp, Stewart and Swedish & Norwegian Railway. It was not until May 1895 that the Supreme Court in Sweden found in favour of Sharp, Stewart and the engines in question were returned to the manufacturers. In late 1896, they were offered to the Barry Railway who took delivery of them in March and April 1897. The two locomotives were numbered 92 and 93.

Traffic duties[edit]

On arrival, the locomotives did very little main line duty but were confined to pulling heavy coal trains from Cadoxton Yard to Barry Docks. However, in 1909, 92 and 93 were assigned to haul mineral trains from the coal pits on the Rhymney branch of the Brecon and Merthyr to Cadoxton Yard and were mechanically modified for the purpose.


The locomotives passed to the Great Western Railway in 1922 but were withdrawn between 1927 and 1930. None survived into British Railways ownership and none have been preserved.


Year Quantity Manufacturer Serial numbers Barry numbers GWR numbers Notes
1886 1 Sharp Stewart 3365 92 1389 Acquired by Barry Railway April 1897
1887 1 Sharp Stewart 3394 93 1390 Acquired by Barry Railway March 1897
1888 2 Sharp Stewart 3446–3447 35–36 1387–1388 Acquired by Barry Railway October 1889


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