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Bristol & Exeter Railway Broad Gauge Locomotive

Bristol & Exeter Railway Broad Gauge Locomotive


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Date: 20th February 2007

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

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Bristol & Exeter Railway Broad Gauge Locomotive

Built 1853-54

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

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This stunning photograph captures the majestic presence of a Broad Gauge Locomotive built for the Bristol and Exeter Railway between 1853 and 1854. The locomotive, a testament to the industrial innovation of the 19th century, is displayed proudly at the Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway. Broad Gauge, a railway track gauge wider than the standard gauge, was pioneered in Britain during the mid-1800s as a means to accommodate larger and more powerful locomotives. This particular locomotive, with its impressive dimensions and intricate engineering, embodies the spirit of progress and advancement that characterized the railway era. The locomotive's exterior is adorned with intricate details, from the ornate boiler to the meticulously crafted wheels. Its large driving wheels, a hallmark of broad gauge locomotives, are a testament to the increased power and efficiency that broad gauge tracks provided. The tender behind the engine carries an ample supply of water and fuel, ensuring the locomotive's long journeys were not hampered by the need for frequent refueling stops. The photograph captures the locomotive in a serene setting, with the lush greenery of the Steam Museum's grounds providing a beautiful contrast to the industrial might of the engine. The steam rising from the locomotive's stack adds a sense of motion and energy, while the clear blue sky overhead hints at the vast expanses of open track that lay before this magnificent machine. This photograph is not only a beautiful work of art, but also a window into the past, offering a glimpse into the world of steam-powered transportation and the engineering marvels that shaped the railway age. The Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway is a fitting home for this locomotive, a testament to the enduring legacy of the railways and the passion they continue to inspire in generations to come.

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