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Braithwaite and Ericsson: William the Fourth

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William the Fourth Locomotive. 1906.

1830 Braithwaite and Ericsson built 2 engines: William the Fourth and Queen Adelaide for the opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway but the engines arrived too late to take part in the ceremony; they were inefficient and were not retained by the railway[1]

They had 5ft. uncoupled wheels and 12in. by 14in. cylinders. They were provided with induced fan draught instead of the forced bellows draught of the Novelty. Owing chiefly to their inefficient boiler power, they were not a success, and were not retained by the railway. They were subsequently used during the construction of the North Union Railway.[2]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The British Steam Railway Locomotive, Vol.1, by E. L. Ahrons
  2. The Engineer 1925/01/09