Phoenix. One of five railmotors built for the old East India Railway by Nasmyth Wilson of Patricroft, in Salford, now Greater Manchester, in 1907. Original number 798; EIR no. 1354. It was converted to a steam engine in 1927. Statistics: Wheel Arrangement: 0-4-0WT; Rail Gauge: bg, 5'6" (details from Shankar). [Click on the image to enlarge it.]

James Nasmyth (1808-1890), the Scotsman who invented the steamhammer, was one of the best-known of all Victorian engineers. When he founded the original company in 1836 at the Bridgewater Foundry, it was to make "special purpose machine tools, steam engines and other engineering products" ("Records of Nasmyth"). The company underwent various name changes, becoming Nasmyth Wilson & Co Ltd. in 1882, and was finally wound up in 1939, having built "some 1531 locomotives between 1839 and 1939" ("Records of Nasmyth").

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Related Material


"James Nasmyth" Grace's Guide: British Industrial History. Web. 12 March 2014.

"Records of Nasmyth, Wilson & Company, Locomotive Builders, Patricroft." NRM: National Railway Museum (U.K.). Web. 12 March 2014.

Shankar, S. "National Rail Museum, New Delhi." (website of the Indian Railways Fan Club). Web. 12 March 2014.

Last modified 12 March 2014