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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..
THE GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY NEW BRANCH LINE AND GOODS STATION AT LEEDS. (1900)
It was in the session of 1893 that this branch line, which we shall proceed to describe and illustrate in the present and some succeeding articles, received the sanction of Parliament under the title of the "Hunslet Railway".
In the following year, however, by virtue of the additional powers conferred upon the Great Northern Line, arrangements were entered into which ultimately caused it to become the proper..
GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY NEW RAILWAY AT NOTTINGHAM.(1900)
By R. F. Bennett, Construction Department, G.N.R.
Some important works have been recently completed by the Great Northern Railway Company at Nottingham, by Mr. A. Ross, M. Inst. C.E., chief engineer to the company, a description of which will probably interest our readers. In the year 1892 the Great Central Railway Company then the Manchester, Sheffield, and Lincolnshire Railway Company applied to Parliament for powers to make ..
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 eac..
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..
GREAT NORTHERN EXPRESS ENGINES, CONSTRUCTED BY MESSRS. JOHN FOWLER AND CO., ENGINEERS, LEEDS.
In the accompanying engraving we give a side elevation and sectional plan of one of the engines recently supplied to the Great Northern Railway Company, by Messrs, J. Fowler and Co., Leeds, which arc specially designed for running the heavy express trains on that line of railway. These engines have recently completed the journey from King's Cross to Peterborough, a distance of seventy- seven miles, in one ho..
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..
MR. IVATT’S NEWEST GREAT NORTHERN ENGINES.
By CHARLES Rous-MARTEN.
It has fallen to my lot to describe in these columns several important improvements effected or new departures taken by .Mr. H. A. Ivatt since he assumed the locomotive superintendency of the Great Northern Railway on the lamented death of his eminent predecessor, Mr. Patrick Stirling, in 1K96. I have set forth successively how, beginning with the re-building of the late Mr. Stirling’s famous single-wheelers, in such sort..
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 mad..
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 ½ in. coping iron; to be carried on four wheels, 3ft. 2 ½ in. diameter at centre of tread, plac..
STURROCK’S LOCOMOTIVE ENGINES AND TENDERS. (1864)
This controversial 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 Doncaster, is to utilise the adhesion derived from the weight of the tender as a power to propel the train in addition to that of the engine proper instead of the engine, as u..