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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..
On Tuesday morning, last week some private experiments took place near the running sheds of the Great Northern Railway, Kingâ€™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..
A New Great Northern Dining Car Train. (1921)
For many years past the Great Northern Railway Company’s line between London and the manufacturing towns in the West Riding of Yorkshire has been noted for comfort and convenience. The first dining car train to be run on a British railway was put into operation on the company’s London to Leeds route as far back as 1879, while in 1893 the ""G.N.R"" was the first to conceive the idea of running third class dining cars, though its..
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..
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..
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 Kin..
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..
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.
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 ..
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.
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, w..
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 per..
"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 Â˝ in. coping iron; to be carried on four wheels, 3ft. 2 Â˝ in. diameter at centre of tread, placed 9ft. 6in. centre..
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..."
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..
"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.,..