Bristol and Exeter Railway 4-4-0T locomotives

B&ER 4-4-0ST
Type and origin
Power typeSteam
Buildervarious
Specifications
Configuration:
 • Whyte4-4-0ST
Gauge7 ft 0¼ in
Leading dia.3 ft 6 in
Driver dia.5 ft 6 in
Wheelbase18 ft 4 in
Cylinder size17 in dia × 24 in stroke

The 26 Bristol and Exeter Railway 4-4-0ST locomotives were broad gauge 4-4-0 saddle tank steam locomotives. They first entered service in 1855 and the last was withdrawn in 1892. The Bristol and Exeter Railway was amalgamated into the Great Western Railway on 1 January 1876.

The locomotives were built in four batches, each by a different builder, with variations between them, noticeably in the size of the saddle tank.

List of locomotives[]

1859 Rothwell locomotives[]

Five locomotives built by Rothwell and Company with 1,100 gallon saddle tanks and 18 feet 4 inch wheelbase.

1862 Beyer, Peacock locomotives[]

Four locomotives built by Beyer Peacock with 1,280 gallon saddle tanks and 19 feet 5½ inch wheelbase.

1867 Vulcan Foundry locomotives[]

Ten locomotives built by the Vulcan Foundry with 1,280 gallon saddle tanks and 19 feet 5½ inch wheelbase, the same as the Beyer, Peacock locomotives built five years earlier.

1872 Avonside locomotives[]

Six locomotives built by the Avonside Engine Company with 1,440 gallon saddle tanks and 18 feet 4 inch wheelbase.

No. 2051 was withdrawn following a fatal collision at Norton Fitzwarren railway station in Somerset while working a special ocean mail train from Plymouth on 11 November 1890.

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