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North Star, 1925

North Star, 1925


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Size: 2287 x 1757 (1.3MB)

Date: 11th February 2007

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

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North Star, 1925

2-2-2 broad gauge locomotive

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Media ID 407448

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2 2 2 B Road North Star


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This photograph captures the essence of railway history with the iconic North Star 2-2-2 broad gauge locomotive, built in 1925, taking center stage. The North Star, a name given due to its distinctive headlight, was one of the last broad gauge locomotives built for the Great Western Railway (GWR) in the United Kingdom. Broad gauge, with a track width of 7 ft 0 in (2,134 mm), was the standard gauge used by the GWR before its conversion to the standard gauge of 4 ft 8½ in (1,435 mm) in the late 1890s. The North Star, with its impressive dimensions, showcases the engineering prowess of the era. Its powerful 2-2-2 wheel arrangement, consisting of two leading and two trailing wheels on each axle, allowed for excellent traction and maneuverability on the broad gauge tracks. The photograph, taken on a b road in an unspecified location, presents a serene yet dynamic scene. The North Star, adorned with its gleaming brasswork and intricate detailing, stands proudly against the backdrop of a quaint English countryside. The steam billowing from its chimney adds a sense of energy and movement, while the surrounding trees and foliage provide a picturesque contrast. This photograph is a testament to the romance and allure of the steam age, a time when the railway was a marvel of human innovation and engineering. It serves as a reminder of the rich railway history that the Steam Museum of the GWR preserves and celebrates, ensuring that the stories and memories of the past are not lost to time.

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