Glasgow and South Western Railway 153, a 4-4-0 express passenger engine. Designer: F. W. Webb. Source: Pattinson, British Railways, frontispiece (1893).

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The working of such fast trains over such a trying road demands high-class locomotives. These the Glasgow and South-Western have in plenty. Indeed, we may say that no railway company in the kingdom have such an averagely powerful stock of engines. Every one can perform what is known as the 15-coach test, and no one other line can say this of all its locomotives. Particulars are given below. We will therefore content ourselves here with saying that the design (that of Mr. Smellie) of all the types is unusually neat and symmetrical. The colour adopted is a dark green. Several of the latest class are fitted with a smoke-box extension; all the recent passenger locomotives have a leading bogie, and no engines on the system have domes. There are scarcely any tank engines on the line. The company's experience with brakes has been singular. Starting with, perhaps, the best possible brake — the Westinghouse — they discarded it in favour of the Automatic Vacuum. This action was probably due to Midland influence. [206-207]

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Pattinson, J. Peabody. British Railways: Their Passenger Service, Rolling Stock, Locomotives, Gradients, and Express Speeds. London: Cassell, 1893. Internet Archive version of a copy in the Stanford University library. Web. 26 January 2013.

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