GWR Route: Banbury to Wolverhampton
GWR Route: North Warwickshire Line
Henley in Arden - Original Station: gwrha669a
Close up of image 'gwrha669' showing GWR 0-4-4T No 3556, one
of Dean's double-framed tank engines rebuilt from 0-4-2Ts originally allocated
to the London suburban lines. The first three were fitted with condensing gear
but all of them proved excessively prone to falling off the rails when it was
least convenient and as a result were converted to 0-4-4T and banished to the
"boondocks". They didn't work very well like that, either, and by the 1900s
they'd been converted to 4-4-0 tender engines (3521 class) which lasted until
the middle 1920s.
There were two batches constructed, the 3521-40 and 3541-60
class. The former were originally 0-4-2Ts, rebuilt to 0-4-4Ts in 1891-2, and
later rebuilt as 4-4-0 tender engines. Numbers 3541-60 were 0-4-4
'convertibles' built for 7' work at the end of the broad gauge era, and most
were rebuilt as 4-4-0s, a process commencing in 1900. These 0-4-4Ts had a
reputation for instability. 3548 and 3521 were involved in the Doublebois
accident of 1895.
Originally built 1887. The trailing wheels had chain-hung
spring gear in their original form. From Ahrons: Some of the beasts (3541-3559
originally) began as convertible broad-gauge 0-4-2Ts. The last of them came out
as a broad-gauge 0-4-4T (3560). They were all prone to "wagging their tails".
The bogie under 3560 (which was the only broad gauge side tank engine) had
wooden-centered wheels. All of these engines were converted to standard gauge