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1501, GWR 1500 Class 0-6-0 pannier tank
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No: 6406   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 2009   Manufacturer: Swindon railway works   Country: England
1501, GWR 1500 Class 0-6-0 pannier tank

Photographed in the Engine House, Highley, Shropshire, on 7 March during the Severn Valley Steam Gala.
Despite being a GWR design, all ten (nos 1500-9) of this class were built by the Western Region of British Railways in 1949.
Unlike all their forebears, these locomotives had outside cylinders, Walschaerts valve gear, and a very short wheelbase of 12' 10" to go round curves of 3½ chains. Above footplate level they were very similar to the 9400 class. The surprises were below the (very small) footplate, where they resembled the USATC S100 Class that the GWR ando other railways had used during the Second World War. Although a sound design, they had limited usefulness as they were very heavy and thus route restricted, and thanks to the short wheelbase, unsuitable for fast running. Their use was largely confined to empty stock workings at London Paddington station and their lives were short; for example 1509 lasted barely ten years in BR service.
1501 was one of the first of the class to be withdrawn in 1961 but was sold with 1502 and 1509 to the NCB for use at Coventry, which led to its preservation in 1970. on the Severn Valley Railway. In 2006 its boiler certificate expired and since then it has been awaiting overhaul.
Picture added on 14 March 2009
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Severn Valley Railway, England
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These engines were not designed for fast running, but for shunting duties exactly as those described above; the short wheelbase allowed them to negotiate tight curves (3ch radius). They are curiously heavy (in comparison with the 9400 class, with whom they share their major components - perhaps the plate frames add the extra ton or so?) but this additional weight available for adhesion must surely have been an advantage when lifting long rakes of carriages from a standing start.

Added by Jack Smith on 18 June 2010.
Remember them in Paddington well. Was there on steam's last day although I didn't know it at the time.

Added by Paul Strathdee on 19 June 2010.
Built at Swindon Works.

Added by Peter Langsdale on 29 August 2011.
When 1501 was first overhauled at Bewdley, I recall that the axlebox lateral clearances were reduced in an attempt to improve ride and minimise track damage. I believe that it was quite successful but 1501 was no longer able to negotiate extremely tight curves!! What would Mr. Hawksworth have had to say?

Added by Peter Goodall on 17 February 2012.
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