Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era
1908 – ‘Pacific’
Great Western Railway
This famous engine, No. 111 ‘The Great Bear’, was the sole representative of its class. It was for many years the only main line ‘Pacific’ in the country, and although this type was later extensively used by the LMS, LNER and Southern Railways, it was never revived on the GWR. It was the most powerful engine in the country in its day, but owing to its weight had to be restricted to the main line between London and Bristol, and that was probably the reason why the class was never multiplied. In 1924 it was rebuilt as a 4-6-0 of the ‘Castle’ class, and renamed ‘Viscount Churchill’. In this form it lasted until 1953.
Driving wheels – 6’ 8½”, Cylinders (4) 15”x 26”, Pressure – 225 lb., Tractive effort – 29430 lb., Weight – 97¼ tons