GWR Caesar Class

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Great Western Railway Caesar Class
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer Daniel Gooch
Builder Great Western Railway
Build date 1851-1852
Total produced 8
Configuration 0-6-0ST
Gauge 7 ft 14 in (2,140 mm)
Driver dia. 4 ft 9 in (1,448 mm)
Wheelbase 15 ft 5 in (4.70 m)
Cylinder size 17 in × 24 in (432 mm × 610 mm)
Operators Great Western Railway
Class Caesar
Withdrawn 1871-1880
Disposition All scrapped

The Great Western Railway Caesar Class 0-6-0ST broad gauge steam locomotives. They were designed by Daniel Gooch for goods train work. This class was introduced into service between June 1851 and February 1852, and withdrawn between June 1871 and June 1880.

From about 1865, the Caesar Class was expanded to include locomotives formerly known as Ariadne Class, Caliph Class, or GWR Pyracmon Class.


Build date Retire date Name Notes
1851 1880 Caesar
1851 1872 Dido
1852(?)  ? Druid
1851 1874 Florence
1851 1871 Hero
1851 1872 Nora Creina The name comes from the subject of Thomas Moore's poem Lesbia has a beaming eye
1851 1874 Thunderer This name had previously been carried by a GWR 0-4-0+6 locomotive in 1838.
1851 1874 Volcano




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  • Waters, Laurence (1999). The Great Western Broad Gauge. Hersham: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 0-7110-2634-3.