Engine 36

Engine no.36, built by Bury, Curtis & Kennedy of Liverpool, now on display in the booking hall of Cork Kent Station in the Irish Republic. According to the information board at the station, the recently established Great Southern and Western Railway ordered this engine from the Liverpool firm in 1847. It was one of the new locomotives needed to "haul their heavier, faster trains over longer distances as the railway expanded towards Cork." Described as having a "wheel arrangement 2-2-2 and a single driving axle of 6ft diameter wheels," it weighed 19 tons 10 cwt, and cost £1,955. It remained in service until 1874. The account concludes by saying that "No. 36 was a hard-working machine, hauling passenger trains at speeds of up to 60 m.p.h.," and that it "clocked up an incredible 487,918 miles."

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Created 212 November 2019