How were the GWR 16xx Tank Engines used in the Thames Valley?

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  1. Tallpaul70

    Tallpaul70 Full Member

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    Hi All,
    I am thinking of buying one of the GWR 16xx tank engines announced by Model Rail in 00 gauge for my 1960-62 layout.

    Before deciding, I would like to know how the examples at Slough and Oxford sheds were used.

    Did they share diagrams with the more numerous 57xx tanks or did they have specific tasks?

    I would have thought that their power classification of 2F as against the 57xx rating of 3F would mean they could not do all the jobs the 57xx could?

    I am mainly interested in their use west from Slough and on the branches such as Maidenhead to High Wycombe and Oxford to Princes Risborough.

    Any relevant information will be appreciated.

    Many thanks
    Best regards
    Paul
     
  2. Gloria Aldridge

    Gloria Aldridge Full Member

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    Hi Paul,
    They were used mostly on goods and parcel trains sometimes on the odd stopper suburban lines, if that helps.
    Regards,
    Gloria.
     
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  3. paul_l

    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    And one even got promoted to real duties in the highlands on the Dornoch line

    Paul
     
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  4. Gloria Aldridge

    Gloria Aldridge Full Member

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    Hi Paul,
    I didn't realise that as I thought they were only used on the GWR in my time I worked on the railway, as I was stationed at O.O.C but used to see them at Southall Slough and Reading. I know that they were also used on the underground in London on certain parts Kensington Olympia namely one.If my memory serves me right I believe they were used on the District and Metropolitan Lines.
    Regards,
    Gloria.
     
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