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GWR absorbed locos 1922 on gives details of Great Western Railway absorbed locomotives which do not yet have individual pages.

The Grouping[edit]

Under the terms of the Railways Act 1921, the Great Western Railway (GWR) amalgamated with six companies - the "constituent companies" - and absorbed a large number of others - the "subsidiary companies".[1] All of the constituent companies and ten of the subsidiary companies owned locomotives,[1] ranging from the Taff Vale Railway which had 275 locomotives (one of which was not taken into GWR stock), to the Cleobury Mortimer and Ditton Priors Light Railway and the Gwendraeth Valleys Railway, with just two each.[2] The constituent companies were amalgamated on 1 January 1922, some of the subsidiary companies being absorbed on the same date, the rest following at intervals until July 1923.[3] Two more undertakings, not mentioned in the Act, which were responsible for shunting at Swansea Docks, sold their locomotives to the GWR soon afterwards.[1]

Company Status Date Locomotives Notes
Alexandra (Newport and South Wales) Docks and Railway Constituent 1 January 1922 39 [3][4]
Barry Railway Constituent 1 January 1922 148 [3][5]
Cambrian Railways Constituent 1 January 1922 99 [3][6]
Cardiff Railway Constituent 1 January 1922 36 [3][7]
Rhymney Railway Constituent 1 January 1922 123 [3][8]
Taff Vale Railway Constituent 1 January 1922 274 [3][9]
Brecon and Merthyr Tydfil Junction Railway Subsidiary 1 July 1922 47 [10]
Burry Port and Gwendraeth Valley Railway Subsidiary 1 July 1922 15 [11]
Cleobury Mortimer and Ditton Priors Light Railway Subsidiary 1 January 1922 2 [12]
Gwendraeth Valleys Railway Subsidiary 1 January 1923 2 [13]
Llanelly and Mynydd Mawr Railway Subsidiary 1 January 1923 8 [14]
Midland and South Western Junction Railway Subsidiary 1 July 1923 29 [15]
Neath and Brecon Railway Subsidiary 1 July 1922 15 [16]
Port Talbot Railway and Docks Company Subsidiary 1 January 1922 22 [17]
Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway Subsidiary 1 January 1922 37 [18]
South Wales Mineral Railway Subsidiary 1 January 1923 5 [19]
Powlesland and Mason 1 January 1924 9 [20]
Swansea Harbour Trust 1 July 1923 14 [21]

Alexandra (Newport and South Wales) Docks and Railway[edit]

Thirty-nine locomotives acquired by the GWR on 1 January 1922.

Type Quantity Nos. Builder Year GWR Nos. Notes
0-4-0ST 1 Trojan Avonside 1897 1340 Acquired 1903
0-4-0ST 1 Alexandra 1341 Acquired 1903
0-4-2T 1 14 GWR Wolverhampton 1877 1426 GWR 517 Class
0-6-0ST 5 1 to 5 Robert Stephenson and Company 1898–1900 674–678

Barry Railway[edit]

Brecon and Merthyr Tydfil Junction Railway[edit]

Burry Port and Gwendraeth Valley Railway[edit]

Cambrian Railways[edit]

Ninety-nine locomotives were acquired by the GWR on 1 January 1922, including five narrow gauge: three on the Vale of Rheidol Railway, and two on the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway

Type Quantity Nos. Builder Year GWR Nos. Notes
0-6-0T 2 WLLR 1 The Earl and 2 Countess Beyer, Peacock & Co. 822 and 823

Cardiff Railway[edit]

Cleobury Mortimer and Ditton Priors Light Railway[edit]

Two locomotives were acquired by the GWR on 1 January 1922

Type Quantity Nos. Builder Year GWR Nos. Notes
0-6-0ST 2 Cleobury and Burwarton Manning Wardle 1908 28 and 29 Both rebuilt as 0-6-0PT

Gwendraeth Valleys Railway[edit]

Two 0-6-0ST locomotives were acquired by the GWR on 1 January 1923. One was given the GWR number 26, but the second (Margret) was sold in 1923 without being allocated a GWR number.

Llanelly and Mynydd Mawr Railway[edit]

Eight locomotives acquired by the GWR on 1 January 1923

Midland and South Western Junction Railway[edit]

Neath and Brecon Railway[edit]

Port Talbot Railway and Docks Company[edit]

Powlesland and Mason[edit]

Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway[edit]

Thirty-seven locomotives acquired by the GWR on 1 January 1922

Rhymney Railway[edit]

South Wales Mineral Railway[edit]

Five locomotives acquired by the GWR on 1 January 1923

Swansea Harbour Trust[edit]

Taff Vale Railways[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Allcock et al. 1951, p. 15.
  2. ^ Allcock et al. 1951, sheet opposite p. 17.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Bryan 2010, p. 87.
  4. ^ Davies et al. 1966, p. K8.
  5. ^ Davies et al. 1966, p. K23.
  6. ^ Davies et al. 1966, p. K53.
  7. ^ Davies et al. 1966, p. K87.
  8. ^ Davies et al. 1966, p. K98.
  9. ^ Davies et al. 1966, p. K134.
  10. ^ Davies et al. 1966, p. K196.
  11. ^ Davies et al. 1966, p. K212.
  12. ^ Davies et al. 1966, p. K218.
  13. ^ Davies et al. 1966, p. K220.
  14. ^ Davies et al. 1966, p. K221.
  15. ^ Davies et al. 1966, p. K226.
  16. ^ Davies et al. 1966, p. K235.
  17. ^ Davies et al. 1966, p. K242.
  18. ^ Davies et al. 1966, p. K248.
  19. ^ Davies et al. 1966, p. K254.
  20. ^ Davies et al. 1966, p. K260.
  21. ^ Davies et al. 1966, p. K256.

References[edit]

  • Allcock, N.J.; Davies, F.K.; le Fleming, H.M.; Maskelyne, J.N.; Reed, P.J.T.; Tabor, F.J. (June 1951). White, D.E., ed. The Locomotives of the Great Western Railway, part one: Preliminary Survey. Kenilworth: RCTS. ISBN 0-901115-17-7. 
  • Bryan, Tim (May 2010). The Great Western Railway - A Celebration. Hersham: Ian Allan. ISBN 978-0-7110-3498-3. 1005/B2. 
  • Davies, F. K.; Firth, J. M.; Lucking, J. H.; Thomas, R. E.; Allcock, N. J.; Sterndale, A. C.; Barrie, D. S. M.; Reed, P. J. T.; Mountford, E. R. (April 1966). White, D. E., ed. The Locomotives of the Great Western Railway, part ten: Absorbed Engines, 1922–1947. RCTS. ISBN 0-901115-20-7.