Locomotive gauges

Resource Type: Image | Posted on 14th November 2011 by Liam Physick

This shows the various rail gauges, both standard and narrow. At the bottom we see an example of the Princess Royal Class, a class of express Pacific Class locomotives built by William Stanier for the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, and numbered 6200-6212 (46200-46212 after nationalisation). 13 were built at Crewe between 1933 and 1935, though one of those, No. 6202 Turmobotive was a unique locomotive that used turbines instead of cylinders. Rebuilt as a conventional locomotive in August 1952 and renamed Princess Anne, it was taken out of service just two months later following the Harrow and Wealdstone crash (in which it was double-heading a train with No. 45637 Windward Islands, a Jubilee Class locomotive). The Princess Royal Class was so named because they were built to pull the Royal Scot train between London Euston and Glasgow Central, and the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Scots Regiment at that time was Mary, Princess Royal, daughter of King George V. Each locomotive in the Class was named after a Princess. In the early 1960s, the Princess Royals were withdrawn from service as a result of dieselisation, but two were preserved - the Princess Elizabeth (named after the future Queen Elizabeth II) and the Princess Margaret Rose (named after the current Queen’s sister - one wonders if it was because of their names that these two were chosen to be saved from scrap)

Locomotive gauges

Tagged under: steam locomotives, tender locomotives, diesel locomotives, london midland and scottish railway, pacific class locomotives, rail gauge, harrow and wealdstone crash, princess elizabeth, princess royal class locomotives, jubilee class locomotives

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