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Hawksworth design 0-6-0PT tank engine

15xx Class built at Swindon Works in 1949

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Unless otherwise stated, all the photographs of saddle tank engine 1501 were taken at the NYMR Autumn Steam Gala 2014

The Great Western Railway (GWR) 1500 Class is a class of 0-6-0 pannier tank steam locomotive but was actually built by the Western Region of British Railways in 1949 at Swindon. 1501 did empty stock workings at London Paddington station but was withdrawn in 1961 and sold to the National Coal Board for use at Coventry Colliery. 1501 was sent to Andrew Barclay Sons & Co., in Kilmarnock for a major overhaul before delivery to the NCB and finally 1501 was purchased in 1970 by the Severn Valley Railway.

1501 Hawksworth tank engine

Portrait of pannier tank engine 1501 at Grosmont station

Technical detail specifications of locomotive 1501: Boiler pressure of 1501: 200 lbf/sq.in., Weight of 1501: 58.2 tons, Wheel diameter of 1501: 4' 71/2'', Valve gear of 1501: Walschaerts - piston valves, Cylinders (diameter x stroke) of 1501: 171/2'" x 24" (O), Tractive effort of 1501: 22510 lbf., BR Power classification of 1501: Class 4F, Route availability RA ?

 

1501 Hawksworth tank engine

 

1501 Hawksworth tank engine

1501 Hawksworth tank engine

Hawksworth tank engine 1501 on Grosmont shed

 

1501 Hawksworth tank engine

1501 getting steam up at Grosmont

 

1501 Hawksworth tank engine

1501 being prepared at Grosmont shed

 

1501 Hawksworth tank engine

All fired up and ready to go! until the spring went!

 

1501 Hawksworth tank engine

Cylinder, valve gear and link motion of 1501, note the outside cylinders.

 

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1501 carries the traditional brass number plates and copper rimmed chimney of GWR steam locomotives, but it was BR built!

 

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Front end view of 1501

 

1501 Hawksworth tank engine

1501 early morning at the back of Grosmont shed

 

1501 Hawksworth tank engine

1501 lets off steam!

 

1501 Hawksworth tank engine

1501 running light through Grosmont station, which is all it did!

 

Tank engine 1501 of class was unlike its predecessors. It has outside cylinders, Walschaerts valve gear, and a very short wheelbase of 12 ft 10 in (3.91 m) to go round sharp curves and resembles the USATC S100 Class that the GWR and other railways had used during the Second World War. 1501 has a good design but limited usefulness as they were route-restricted by their high weight and were unsuitable for fast running because of their short wheelbase. 1501 mainly performed empty stock workings at London Paddington station and being built in 1949, 1501 had quite a short working life. With dieselisation, 1501 and the rest of the 15xx class, were replaced by diesel shunters, but fortunately, 1501 has seen regular use at the heritage Severn Valley Railway for longer than its nationalised working time with British Railways.

 

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Hawksworth 1500 Class tank locomotive 1501 in the depot works yard of the Severn Valley Railway by Bridgnorth station (May 2016)

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GWR 1500 Class
Great Western Railway 1500 Class
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Builder British Railways, Swindon Works
Order number Lot 373
Build date 1949
Total produced 10
Specifications
Configuration:

Whyte 0-6-0PT
Gauge 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Driver dia. 4 ft 7 1⁄2 in (1.410 m)
Minimum curve 3 1⁄2 chains (231 ft; 70 m)
Wheelbase 12 ft 10 in (3.91 m)
Loco weight 58 long tons 4 cwt (130,400 lb or 59.1 t) (62.9 short tons)
Boiler pressure 200 lbf/in2 (1.4 MPa)
Cylinders Two, outside
Cylinder size 17.5 in 24 in (444 mm 610 mm)
Valve gear Walschaerts
Valve type piston valves
Performance figures
Tractive effort 22,515 lbf (100.15 kN)
Career
Operators British Railways, National Coal Board
Power class GWR: C
BR: 4F
Numbers 15001509
Axle load class GWR: Red
Locale Great Britain
Withdrawn BR: 19591963,
NCB: 1970
Disposition One preserved, remainder scrapped
The Great Western Railway (GWR) 1500 Class is a class of 0-6-0 pannier tank steam locomotive. Despite being a GWR design, all ten (nos 15001509) were built by the Western Region of British Railways in 1949.
Overview
Coming from a railway company with a well-developed standardisation policy, the 15xx was a strange design finale. Unlike almost all their forebears, they had outside cylinders, Walschaerts valve gear, and a very short wheelbase of 12 ft 10 in (3.91 m) to go round curves of 3.5 chains (231 ft; 70 m). Above footplate level they were very similar to the 9400 class, and shared the same Standard no.10 boiler. The surprises were below the (very small) footplate, where they resembled the USATC S100 Class that the GWR and other railways had used during the Second World War.

Although a sound design, the class had limited usefulness as they were route-restricted by their high weight and were unsuitable for fast running because of their short wheelbase. Largely confined to empty stock workings at London Paddington station, their lives were short; for example 1509 lasted barely ten years in BR service. Four of the class, 1506 to 1509, were based in Wales, Newport Pill, Ebbw Junction & Cardiff Canton, 1508 1500 Class 1 BR steam locomotive 1501 was withdrawn from that last shed. Like the 1600 and 9400 classes, their construction now appears to have been of doubtful value.

The onset of dieselisation and the decline in traffic on the railway network consigned the 1500s to scrap long before they were life-expired. However 1501 has enjoyed regular use at the Severn Valley Railway in preservation for far longer than its life in public ownership.

Preservation

1501 after restoration in 2012 and wearing the early BR lined black scheme
1501 was one of the first of the class to be withdrawn in 1961, but was sold along with 1502 and 1509 to the National Coal Board for use at Coventry Colliery. The three locos were sent to Andrew Barclay Sons & Co., in Kilmarnock, Scotland for overhaul before delivery to the NCB. All three locomotives were purchased in 1970 by the Severn Valley Railway. Locomotives 1502 and 1509 were used as sources of spares for the restoration of 1501. The remains of 1502 and 1509 were cut up and scrapped at Cashmore's, Great Bridge in October 1970.

In 2006 No. 1501's boiler certificate expired and it was withdrawn from traffic. The locomotive has recently been completely overhauled, 1500 Class 2 BR steam locomotive 1501 and is now once again in revenue earning service. It has been repainted in British Railways lined black colour scheme with the early BR emblem on its tanks.


 


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