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0-6-4 crane tank locomotive, No 17, Cyclops

0-6-4 crane tank locomotive, No 17, Cyclops


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Size: 4000 x 2473 (827KB)

Date: 5th January 2011

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

Unique Reference Number: LPC 5a 018

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0-6-4 crane tank locomotive, No 17, Cyclops

Built 1901, withdrawn 1936

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Media ID 4303153

Crane Tank Cyclops


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This photograph showcases the historic 0-6-4 Tank Locomotive No. 17, affectionately known as "Cyclops," which once graced the rails of the Great Western Railway (GWR) in the early 20th century. Built in 1901, this crane tank locomotive was a unique addition to the GWR fleet, with its distinctive design featuring a large, central crane arm mounted on the tender. The "Cyclops" moniker was fitting, as the crane arm resembled the single, prominent eye of the mythological Cyclops. The crane was an essential tool for the locomotive, enabling it to lift and move heavy loads, such as railway sleepers or other trackside materials, without the need for separate machinery or labor. No. 17 was a versatile machine, capable of both hauling passenger and freight trains, and its powerful 2,100-pound-force (lb-ft) engine provided ample pulling power. The locomotive's distinctive appearance, with its tall chimney and large driving wheels, was a common sight on the GWR lines for over three decades. However, as the railway industry evolved, and more modern, more powerful locomotives came into service, the "Cyclops" and its ilk were gradually phased out. No. 17 was withdrawn from service in 1936, bringing an end to its illustrious career on the rails. Today, this photograph serves as a poignant reminder of the bygone era of steam-powered rail transport and the remarkable machines, like the 0-6-4 Tank Locomotive No. 17, that once shaped our industrial landscape.

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