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Barclays Fireless steam locomotive works no. 2126

First day out with a new Nikon 5100. Its June 5th 2012 and very cold, overcast and windy and a few minutes later the heavens will open - some summer!

 

This is Barclays Fireless steam locomotive works number 2126 built in 1942 and previously used at Castle Meads Power Station in Gloucester. This coal-fired power station was situated on Alney Island in the River Severn at Gloucester. Coal brought to the station by rail on the Great Western Railway's Docks branch from Over, and by barge. Once at the station, coal was transported toward the boilers by this fireless locomotive, one of only 162 ever built in Britain. After the closure of the power station, it was preserved at the National Waterways Museum in Gloucester where it is seen here tucked away in a corner where probably very few peaople ever notice it's existence. The builders works plate which once adorned the cab side has either been deliberately removed for safety - or stolen?

 

A good photograph of this locomtive in service in 1965 may be found here:

 

www.flickr.com/photos/31514768@N05/3388340802/

 

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Taken on June 5, 2012