'Iron Duke' 4-2-2 locomotive, 1851.

'Iron Duke' 4-2-2 locomotive, 1851.
3 3 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm

Description

Working replica made by Resco Railways Ltd, 1983-1985. The locomotive represented by this replica was designed by Sir Daniel Gooch (1816-1889) to run on Brunel's broad gauge tracks on the Great Western Railway (GWR). Gooch trained with Robert Stephenson in Newcastle and was the locomotive superintendent for the GWR for 27 years. The broad gauge measured 7 foot compared to Stephenson's standard gauge of 4 foot 8 1/2 inches and was eventually superseded because of the inconvenience of having to transfer pasengers and goods between the two standards of track. The 'Iron Duke' clas locomotives were capable of attaining speeds approaching 80 mph.

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