0-6-0 Tank Locomotive

Andrew Barclay No.1578 of 1918 Gertrude was one of three identical 0-6-0 tank locomotives built specifically for the Sydenham Ironstone quarry in Oxfordshire.  The others were Winifred (No.1424 of 1915) and The Doll (No.1641 of 1919).

A downturn in trade came during the Depression that led to an early demise for the Sydenham Quarry operation in June 1925. Thereafter, the three Barclay sisters of Sydenham were transferred to Bilston where Gertrude and The Doll worked until they were withdrawn in 1959.

Although Winifred was scrapped, the other two both survived into preservation, Gertrude being based mostly at Studley in Warwickshire and then Exmoor.

Gertrude came to the WHR in 2010. The following video shows the delivery of Gertrude back to Pen-y-Mount from a show in Birmingham, via Minffordd Yard and Ffestiniog Harbour Station (the usual loading ramp being unavailable at the time). 26th Nov 2011


Builder Andrew Barclay, Kilmarnock
Built 1918
Works number 1578
Type Side tank
Wheel arrangement 0-6-0
Valve gear Stephenson
Driving wheel diameter 26" 660mm
Tank capacity 210 gallons 954 l
Heating surface 4 square feet 0.37m²
Boiler pressure 160 psi 1.10MPa
Cylinders Two off, 11" x 15" 279mm x 381mm
Tractive effort 4573 pounds 20.3kN at 75% boiler pressure
Weight 10 tons in working order
Maximum axle load -
Arrived W.H.R. 2010
Owners Exmoor Transport Ltd

See Also

Gertude and The Doll in the platform headshunt, Porthmadog station. May 2012.