GWR Ariadne Class

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GWR Gooch Standard Goods
GWR Ariadne Class and Caliph Class
GWR Nemesis at Trowbridge.jpg
Nemesis
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer Daniel Gooch
Builder Swindon Works, Great Western Railway
Build date 1852-1863
Total produced 102
Specifications
Configuration 0-6-0
Gauge 7 ft 14 in (2,140 mm)
Driver dia. 5 ft 0 in (1,524 mm)
Wheelbase 16 ft 2 12 in (4.94 m)
Cylinder size 17 in × 24 in (432 mm × 610 mm)
Career
Operators Great Western Railway
Class Ariadne or Caliph
Withdrawn 1871-1892
Disposition All scrapped

The Great Western Railway (GWR) Ariadne Class and Caliph Class were broad gauge 0-6-0 steam locomotives designed for goods train work by Daniel Gooch and are often referred to as his Standard Goods locomotives.

The class was introduced into service between May 1852 and March 1863, and were built in seven lots at Swindon totalling 102 locomotives,[1] and withdrawn between January 1871 and the end of the GWR broad gauge in May 1892.

Naming[edit]

Build date Retire date Name Notes
1856 1877 Amphion
1852 1879 Ariadne
1857 1877 Avon
1854 1879 Banshee
1857 1872 Boyne
1854 1874 Brutus After withdrawal, Brutus was sold to the Bryndu Coal Company.
1854 1878 Caliph
1854 1877 Cambyses
1853 1871 Cato
1854 1877 Ceres
1862 1878 Champion
1861 1878 Chronos
1853 1871 Cicero
1858 1872 Clyde
1853 1875 Coquette
1862 1880 Cossack
1856 1872 Creon
1853 1874 Cupid
1854 1878 Cyprus
1853 1877 Diana
1857 1880 Esk
1863 1883 Aethon
1853 1892 Europa This locomotive was extensively rebuilt at Swindon railway works in 1869 and was thus the only member of this large class to survive until the end of the broad gauge on 21 May 1892.
1852 1874 Flirt
1854 1872 Flora This locomotive was sold in 1873 to M. Moxhan and Company.
1858 1878 Forth
1854 1876 Geryon
1852 1880 Giaour
1861 1877 Gladiator
1856 1879 Gyfellion
1861 1878 Hades
1852 1877 Hebe
1853 1873 Hecuba After it was withdrawn, this locomotive was sold to the Dinas Main Coal Company.
1857 1883 Humber
1854 1874 Iris
1854 1880 Janus
1861 1876 Lagoon
1852 1875 Leander
1863 1881 Leonidas
1855 1872 Liffey
1863 1880 Luna
1856 1879 Magi
1857 1879 Mersey
1855 1877 Metis
1854 1875 Midas
1853 1877 Minerva
1853 1879 Monarch
1853 1873 Nelson After withdrawal, Nelson was sold to the Star Patent Fuel Company in Cardiff.
1855 1877 Nemesis
1854 1881 Neptune
1855 1877 Nero
1854 1877 Nimrod
1855 1873 Octavia
1861 1879 Olympus
1861 1877 Orpheus
1854 1874 Orson
1855 1877 Osiris
1856 1879 Palas
1863 1880 Pandora
1856 1878 Panthea
1852 1878 Pearl
1855 1876 Pelops
1861 1877 Pioneer
1862 1875 Plutarch
1855 1874 Plutus
1859 1875 Plym This locomotive was sold to V J Barton.
1853 1874 Psyche
1862 1883 Regulus
1853 1879 Remus
1855 1872 Rhea
1859 1877 Rhondda
1853 1877 Romulus
1854 1881 Ruby
1854 1877 Salus
1857 1873 Severn
1861 1878 Lucius Septimius Severus
1861 1880 Sirius
1857 1880 Shannon
1854 1878 Sibyl
1854 1873 Sphinx
1862 1878 Sylla
1861 1877 Talbot
1859 1880 Tamar
1862 1876 Tantalus
1858 1881 Tay
1854 1877 Thames
1862 1880 Theseus
1853 1871 Trafalgar
1857 1874 Tweed
1859 1877 Tyne
1855 1879 Typhon
1853 1872 Ulysses After withdrawal, Ulysses was sold to Gorham and Company.
1854 1879 Vesper
1854 1879 Vixen
1861 1877 Warhawk
1861 1872 Warrior
1859 1879 Wear
1853 1873 Wellington
1859 1879 Wye
1863 1882 Xerxes
1855 1877 Zetes
1853 1874 Zina

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reed 1953, p. B24.
  • Reed, P. J. T. (February 1953). White, D. E., ed. The Locomotives of the Great Western Railway, Part 2: Broad Gauge. Kenilworth: RCTS. pp. B24–B26. ISBN 0-901115-32-0. 
  • Waters, Laurence (1999). The Great Western Broad Gauge. Hersham: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7110-2634-6.