Fireless locomotive, named Imperial

Made:
1956 in Kilmarnock
maker:
Andrew Barclay, Sons and Company Limited

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Imperial Paper Mills 0-4-0F No. 1 (Andrew Barclay Works No. 2373 Fireless Loco)
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Imperial Paper Mills 0-4-0F No. 1 (Andrew Barclay Works No. 2373 Fireless Loco)
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Fireless steam locomotive, 0-4-0F No 1 "Imperial", built by Andrew Barclay & Sons, Kilmarnock in 1956, worked at Imperial Paper Mills, Gravesend.

A fireless locomotive is similar to a conventional steam locomotive, except that the ‘boiler’ was in fact a large pressure vessel which was replenished with steam at intervals from the factory mains. The driver could admit steam from this reservoir to the cylinders, a reducing valve preventing the tractive effort from getting too high. Fireless locomotives were often used in industries where a conventional steam locomotive was considered a risk, such as in a mine or chemical factory. Eventually they were overtaken by diesel and electric power.

This locomotive was the penultimate fireless locomotive built by Andrew Barclay & Sons, at Caledonia Works in Kilmarnock in 1956. It worked at the Imperial Paper Mills at Gravesend.

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Details

Category:
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Object Number:
1978-7045
type:
steam locomotive
taxonomy:
  • vehicles and vehicle components
  • vehicle
  • locomotive
  • steam locomotive
credit:
Wilton, A.
status:
Permanent collection

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