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GER Works, Stratford
GREAT EASTERN WORKS AT STRATFORD. The Great Eastern Railway Company's works adjoin the station at Stratford. It is the nearest railway works the metropolis, and therefore much the easiest of access to members of the conference, who will no doubt find much to interest them. The enterprise of Mr. Holden and his assistants is well known, and the engines turned out from these works are of the highest quality. Among the latest productions may be mentioned the huge decapod, as everyone calls it, which w..
GNR Carriage Cleaning Device 1875
On Tuesday morning, last week some private experiments took place near the running sheds of the Great Northern Railway, King’s-cross, with some machinery just erected there for cleaning railway carriages by mechanical means invented by the Earl of Caithness. The invention consists essentially of two large vertical brushes driven by a little steam engine; a number of dirty carriages making up a train of any length is passed slowly between these revolving brushes; water is thrown upon the side of each rail..
GNR Express Engine 1867
This engraving shows the final design of passenger express engine designed by A. Sturrock before he was succeeded by P. Stirling. All GNR engines and a considerable proportion of the rolling stock was constructed by third parties in the early years of the company. "A side elevation and sectional plan of one of the engines recently supplied to the Great Northern Railway Company by Messn. J. Fowler and Co., Leeds, which are specially desgned for running the heavy express trains on that line of rail..
GNR Express Engine 1868
These early engines show the distinctive style brought by P. Stirling from the G&SWR. "Our two page engraving this week comprises a longitudinal section and half sectional plan of one of the fine passenger locomotives used for working the express traffic on the Great Northern Railway from Manchester and Leeds to London. Other views of this engine are also given on the present and opposite pages. The engine has inside cylinders 17 in. in diameter, with 2ft. stroke, and a single pair of driving wh..
GNR Express Engine 1871
Reported in both "Engineering" and "The Engineer" The famous Stirling Single, an example of which is preserved at the National Railway Museum. "EXPRESS LOCOMOTIVE; G. N. R. The Great Northern Railway is so noted for its heavy and fast passenger trains that the engines employed to work those trains have a special interest for locomotive engineers. The express tralfic of the Great Northern line necessiitates the running of trains consisting of from 15 to 26 carriages from King's-cross to Peterborough..
GNR Express Engine 1892
The 7 foot six inch express engines were the unsung heroes of the GNR. They outnumbered and outperformed the outside cylinder engines. EXPRESS ENGINE GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY. * It is not to be supposed that the Great Northern express traffic is worked entirely by the outside-cylinder engmes albeit Stirling's engines with 8ft. drivers have earned a. worldwide reputation. For many years inside-cylinder engines have played an important part on the line, and Mr. Stirling has found it worth while to per..
GNR Express Engine 1900
In 1900, "The Engineer" published this article about the new engine designed by Ivatt. This was a single, with driving wheels 7ft 6in in diameter. ..
GNR Goods engine 1868
This early engine shows the distinctive style brought by P. Stirling from the G&SWR. "GOODS ENGINES FOR THE GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY COMPANY. These engines were constructed by Messrs. John Fowler and Co., at their works, Leeds, from the design of P. Stirling, Esq., of Doncaster, engineer to the company. The cylinders are 17in. diameter, with a. stroke of 24in. The six coupled wheels are 5ft. lin. diameter. The total wheel base of the engine is 15ft. 6in. The boiler and fire-box casing are made of ..
GNR Goods Engine 1871
By 1871 The distinctive Stirling style had developed into a readily recognisable austere outline. The simple cab has a rear cutout. Pipework and springs are kept out of sight. "GOODS LOCOMOTIVE. We are enabled this week, by the courtesy of Mr. Patrick Stirling, to lay before our readers engravings illustrating the latest type of six-coupled goods locomotive introduced on the Great Northern Railway for working the heavy coal traffic on that line. The engine, which was constructed at Doncaster, was bu..
GNR Historical Supplement from "The Engineer", 1913
Great Northern Railway supplement 1913. A "must have" for GNR fans. This document includes a summary history of the GNR and  includes maps, plans and diagrams. In order to reduce server load, this document has been split into several sections. Photographs of the classes of locomotives in use, including drawings of a large Atlantic locomotive are included. "THE GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY THERE is something exceedingly fascinating to a large number of persons in the&nbs..
GNR Open Goods Wagon, 9 ton 1882
"550 NINE-TON GOODS WAGONS -- GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY. The Great Northern Railway Company invites tenders for 550 goods wagons. The accompanying engraving illustrates their construction. The following is a copy of the specification. The general arrangement of the wagon is shown in the engravings above. The body to be 15ft. long by 7ft 6in. wide outside, and 3ft. deep inside exclusive of  ½ in. coping iron; to be carried on four wheels, 3ft. 2 ½ in. diameter at centre of tread, placed 9ft. 6in. centre..
GNR Steam Tender 1864 (Sturrock)
This controvesial invention was the subject of much acrimony and discussion at the time. The tenders were converted into ordinary usage at a later date. "The main object of this invention by Archibald Sturrock, Locomotive Superintendent of the Great Northern Railway is to utilise the adhesion derived from the weight of the tender as a power to propel the train in addition to the engine proper..." ..
GNR The Great Northern Works, Doncaster 1892
This is a first hand account of a visit to the Great Northern Railway (GNR)  works at Doncaster in 1892. It contains many items of interest to GNR enthusiasts including plans, photographs and descriptions of the rolling stock. Due to the size of this document it is split into several parts to minimise server load.   "THE GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY WORKS, DONCASTER. THE Great Northern, as we now know it, dates from 1844, when the railway mania was at its height. several projects for effec..
GWR 1868 Much Wenlock Station
"PASSENGER STATIONS FOR COUNTRY TOWNS". - from "The Engineer" 1868 "The illustration ... of Much Wenlock passenger  booking office, waiting rooms, and station-master's residence combined, is a good example. of a suitable building of the class and has been recently completed on the Much Wenlock branch of the Great Western Railway, Shropshire, the contractors for which are Messrs. Brassey and Field. ... The building was desgned by Mr. J. Fogerty, M. Inst. C. E.,..
GWR 1876 222 Express Engine Standard Gauge
EXPRESS ENGINES FOR THE GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY. So much has been said lately concerning the engines used by giving the Great Western Railway Company in working their fast expresses that our readers will, no doubt, be interested in some information concerning the latest type of express engine used on this railway. By the courtesy of .Mr. Armstrong, locomotive superintendent of the line, we are enabled to illustrate … the new narrow gauge express engines, of which several have just been turned out fr..