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Swallow. 4-2-2 Rover class locomotive. Built 1871. Rebuild of Iron Duke class

Swallow. 4-2-2 Rover class locomotive. Built 1871. Rebuild of Iron Duke class


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Size: 2126 x 1300 (284KB)

Date: 2nd October 2007

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

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Swallow. 4-2-2 Rover class locomotive. Built 1871. Rebuild of Iron Duke class

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Media ID 564590

© STEAM Picture Library 2007 - All Rights Reserved

4 2 2 B Road Rover Swallow


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This photograph showcases the Swallow, a 4-2-2 Rover class locomotive built in 1871, which underwent a rebuild in the livery of the Iron Duke class. The Swallow is a rare survivor from the golden age of steam railways and is a testament to the engineering prowess of the time. The Swallow was originally designed by George Jackson Churchward for the Great Western Railway (GWR) and was one of the most successful locomotive designs of its era. The 4-2-2 wheel arrangement, with four leading wheels, two power wheels, and two trailing wheels, provided excellent traction and maneuverability on the winding routes of the GWR. This particular locomotive, numbered 1880, was rebuilt in the distinctive Iron Duke class livery in the late 19th century. The Iron Duke class was named after the Duke of Wellington, who had defeated Napoleon Bonaparte in the Battle of Waterloo. The livery, with its rich red and gold colors, was a symbol of power and prestige. The Swallow's elegant curves and intricate details are on full display in this photograph, taken at the Steam Museum of the GWR. The museum, located in Swindon, Wiltshire, is a living testament to the history of the steam railway and the engineering marvels that once powered it. The Swallow, with its proud history and stunning design, is a favorite among steam railway enthusiasts and a reminder of the romance and adventure of a bygone era.

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