South Devon Railway locomotive Taurus

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Type and origin
Power type Steam
Builder Avonside Engine Company
 • Whyte 0-6-0ST
Gauge 7 ft (2,134 mm)
Driver dia. 3 ft 0 in (0.91 m)
Wheelbase 12 ft 0 in (3.66 m)
Cylinder size 12 12 in × 16 in (320 mm × 410 mm)
Operators South Devon Railway,
Great Western Railway
Class Taurus

Taurus was an 0-6-0 saddle tank broad gauge locomotive operated by the South Devon Railway.

It was a very different locomotive to all the other 0-6-0s used on the South Devon Railway. It was much smaller and was normally used on one of the branches, where it would regularly work passenger trains, or on the dockside lines in the Plymouth area. It was built by the Avonside Engine Company and was a saddle tank similar to 2-4-0 Prince.

On 1 February 1876 the South Devon Railway was amalgamated with the Great Western Railway, all its locomotives were given numbers by their new owners but continued to carry their names too. After the gauge conversion on 21 May 1892Taurus was unused for a while but in 1894 it was converted to standard gauge and worked in this form as no. 1326 until 1905.


  • Taurus (1869 – 1892) GWR no. 2137
The name comes from the Greek word for bull and represents a constellation. See Taurus (constellation).


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