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No 3021 Wigmore Castle

No 3021 Wigmore Castle


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Filename: Wigmore Castle L6 071.jpg

Size: 3319 x 1986 (752KB)

Date: 23rd February 2010

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

Unique Reference Number: L6 071

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No 3021 Wigmore Castle

2-2-2 broad gauge convertible. Dean Single or 3031 class. Built 1891. Converted to standard gauge 1892. Rebuilt in 1894 as a 4-2-2 following an accident in Box Tunnel in 1893

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Media ID 1955207

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2 2 2 Castle Dean Convertible Wigmore


EDITORS COMMENTS
No. 3021 Wigmore Castle: A Testament to Engineering Resilience in the Age of Steam This photograph showcases No. 3021 Wigmore Castle, a historic 2-2-2 broad gauge locomotive, built in 1891 by the Great Western Railway (GWR) at Swindon Works. The original design was classified as a Dean Single or 3031 Class. However, following an unfortunate accident in Box Tunnel in 1893, the locomotive underwent significant modifications. In 1892, No. 3021 was converted to standard gauge to accommodate the railway's ongoing transition from broad to standard gauge. Yet, its journey did not end there. After the conversion, the locomotive suffered further damage and was rebuilt in 1894 as a 4-2-2, featuring new outside cylinders and a redesigned boiler. The conversion and rebuilding process highlight the ingenuity and resilience of the engineers during the steam era. Despite the setbacks, No. 3021 continued to serve the GWR, demonstrating the adaptability and versatility of steam locomotives. This photograph captures the essence of the steam age, with the intricate details of the locomotive's design, the billowing steam, and the sense of power and motion. The image serves as a reminder of the engineering marvels that shaped the railway industry and left an indelible mark on transportation history.

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