South Devon Railway Remus class

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South Devon Railway Remus class
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Builder Avonside Engine Company
Serial number 661–662
Build date 1866
Total produced 2
 • Whyte 0-6-0ST
 • UIC C n2t
Gauge 7 ft 14 in (2,140 mm)
Driver dia. 4 ft 9 in (1.448 m)
Wheelbase 15 ft 4 in (4.67 m)
Fuel type Coal
Cylinders Two, inside
Cylinder size 16 12 in × 24 in (419 mm × 610 mm)
Class Remus
Withdrawn 1886, 1892
Disposition Both scrapped

The two Remus class locomotives were 0-6-0 saddle tank broad gauge locomotives operated by the South Devon Railway, England. They were ordered for working goods trains on the West Cornwall Railway but were also used on passenger trains.

The two Remus class locomotives were similar to the Dido class but with slightly larger wheels. They were built by the Avonside Engine Company.

On 1 February 1876 the South Devon Railway was amalgamated with the Great Western Railway, the locomotives were given numbers by their new owners but continued to carry their names.


  • Remus (Avonside 662 of 1866); GWR no. 2154; withdrawn 1886
  • Romulus (Avonside 661 of 1866); GWR no. 2155; withdrawn 1892

The names, like many other locomotives of this era, came from classical mythology. Romulus and Remus were the traditional founders of Rome.


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  • Railway company records at The National Archives