GWR Hurricane locomotive

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GWR Hurricane
Hurricane loco.jpg
Type and origin
Power typeSteam
DesignerT. E. Harrison
BuilderR. & W. Hawthorn & Co.
Serial number236
Build date1838
Total produced1
 • Whyte2-2-2+6
Gauge7 ft 14 in (2,140 mm)
Leading dia.4 feet 6 inches (1,372 mm)
Driver dia.10 feet 0 inches (3,048 mm)
Trailing dia.4 feet 6 inches (1,372 mm)
Wheelbase15 feet 9 inches (4.80 m)
Cylinder size16 in × 20 in (406 mm × 508 mm)
OperatorsGreat Western Railway
Number in class1

Hurricane was the second of a pair of steam locomotives (the other being Thunderer) built for the Great Western Railway (GWR) by R. & W. Hawthorn & Co. whose design was very different from other locomotives. In order to meet Isambard Kingdom Brunel's strict specifications, a 2-2-2 frame carried the 'engine', while the boiler was on a separate six-wheeled frame.

The locomotive was delivered to the GWR on 6 October 1838 and ceased work in December 1839[1] after running for just 10,527 miles. After withdrawal the boiler was used on a new Pyracmon Class goods locomotive, Bacchus.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Reed 1953, p. B11


  • Reed, P.J.T. (February 1953). White, D.E., ed. The Locomotives of the Great Western Railway, Part 2: Broad Gauge. Kenilworth: Railway Correspondence and Travel Society. ISBN 0-901115-32-0.
  • Waters, Laurence (1999). The Great Western Broad Gauge. Hersham: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 0-7110-2634-3.