G&SWR 52 Class

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G&SWR 52 Class
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer Patrick Stirling
Builder Kilmarnock Locomotive Works
Build date 1864-6
Total produced 6
 • Whyte 0-4-0
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Driver dia. 5 ft 0 in (1.52 m)
Wheelbase 8 ft 0 in (2.44 m)
Loco weight 26 LT (26.4172 t)
Fuel type Coal
Fuel capacity 3 LT (3.0 t)
Water cap 1,200 imp gal (5,500 l; 1,400 US gal)
Cylinders two
Cylinder size 16 in × 22 in (410 mm × 560 mm)
Withdrawn All withdrawn by 1903
Disposition All scrapped

The Glasgow and South Western Railway (GSWR) 52 class was a class of six 0-4-0 steam goods locomotives designed in 1864, by Patrick Stirling. The design was later continued by a similar design by his brother James Stirling (1835–1917).


The six examples of this class were designed by Patrick Stirling for the GSWR and were built by Kilmarnock Locomotive Works between 1864 and 1866, to replace earlier 0-4-0 goods locomotives inherited by the railway. They were numbered 52-57-.[1] The members of the class were fitted with weather boards, later replaced by Stirling cabs. The safety valves over the firebox were later replaced by those of Ramsbottom design over the centre of the boiler following a boiler explosion at Springhill in 1876.[2] The class was later perpetuated by Stirling’s brother James Stirling (1835–1917) in his 65 class goods locomotives.


The locomotives were all withdrawn by 1903.


  1. ^ Baxter 1984, p. 141.
  2. ^ Baxter 1984, pp. 139-140.
  • Baxter, Bertram (1984). Baxter, David, ed. British locomotive catalogue 1825-1923, volume 4: Scottish and remaining English Companies in the LMS Group. Buxton: Moorland Publishing. ISBN 0-903485-53-2. OCLC 59913101. OL 25432141M.