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1885
William Stroudley introduces the Gladstone 0-4-2 class (LBSCR).

gladstone_2_thumb2gladstone_1_thumb2 Allen Sarle of the ‘Gladstone’ class

1886
The Barry Railway introduces the first British 0-8-0 type, with outside cylinders.

1887
Crewe Works builds its 3,000th locomotive.

1888
‘Races’ from London to Edinburgh reduce journey time to 7 hours 45 minutes.

1892
All remaining broad-gauge lines are narrowed to standard between March and May; last broad-gauge passenger trains run’ on 20 May.

1894
David Jones introduces the ‘Big Goods’, first 4-6-0 to run in Britain (HR).

(Right) The first British 4-6-0,
No 103 of the Highland Railway, built in 1894 and now preserved, is seen on a special mixed-train run on the Dingwall-Skye line, skirting Loch Carron between Plockton and Strome Ferry, with the Skye Cuillin in the background.

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(Above) GWR ‘Castle’ class 4-6-0 No 5032 Usk Castle emerges from the Severn Tunnel, Britain’s longest at 4 miles 628 yds (7km), with a South Wales-Paddington express. The crew are at pains to minimize smoke output, despite the adverse gradient as the line rises to ground level.

1895
‘Races’ from London to Aberdeen this summer reduce journey times to a minimum 8 hours 32 minutes (East Coast) and 8 hours 38 minutes (West Coast) on 22 August.

1896
J G McIntosh introduces the big-boilered 4- 4-0 Dunalastair class.

dunalastair_class_thumb2 The Dunalastair Class

1898
H A Ivatt builds Britain’s first Atlantic type 4-4-2, Henry Oakley (GNR).
 

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R.T. Billinton designed the E4-class 0-6-2 radial tank engine for the London Brighton & South Coast Railway in 1898. ‘Radial’ refers to the bar allowing the pony wheels to adjust independently to sharp curves. Restored class member No 473 Birch Grove is seen here on a winter day at Hoisted Keynes on the Bluebell Railway.

1899
Wilson Worsdell builds the first express 4-6- o engines to run in Britain (NER). Dugald Drummond introduces the T9 class 4-4-0, nicknamed ‘Greyhounds’ (LSWR).
Sir John Aspinall introduces his ‘Highflyer’ inside-cylinder 4-4-2 type (L&YR).

1900
‘Claud Hamilton’ 4-4-0 class introduced on the GER.
Wainwright/Surtees ‘D’ class 4-4-0 introduced on the SE&C.

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