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Gilkes, Wilson and Co: Southend

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The Southend was an engine made by Gilkes, Wilson and Co in February, 1849. It was still at work on the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1875.

It had a boiler 13ft. long and 4ft. diameter, fitted with 162 Low Moor iron tubes, each 2in. diameter. It is furnished with a copper fire-box, 4ft. 6in. high, and 3ft. 8 in. long by 3ft. 6in. wide. It has two inside cylinders, each 15in. diameter, and a 24in. stroke. The boiler pressure is 110 lb. The engine is coupled on six 4ft. 6in. cast iron wheels. It has one crank axle, two straight axles, and two pumps. The tender has six wheels, each 2ft. 6in. diameter, T spoked, with cast iron bosses. The tender is made of tin plate, and will hold about 1500 gallons of water and 4 tons of fuel. It is fitted with an ordinary screw brake, and a block on each wheel. The weight of the engine in working order is about 28 tons, while that of the tender is about 15 tons.[1]


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  1. The Engineer 1875/09/24