Locomotive Class

Class 1000 County

Class 1000 County Class: Class 1000 County
Type: Steam
Designer: Frederick Hawksworth
Weight: 125 tons (including tender)
Purpose: Passenger & Freight

Information: Developed late under Great Western Railways (GWR) ownership, the County Class was unique in many mechanical aspects when compared to the many previous 4-6-0 designs.

Details: Many features incorporated in Frederick Hawksworth’s design were unique to the GWR. The County Class was designed and built prior to Nationalisation in 1948, but took impetus from previous LMS designs that were revealed to Hawksworth when Stanier 8F’s were built at Swindon during WW2.
Originally proposed as a 4-6-2 design using Walscharts valve gear, Hawksworth was not given the latitude to bring his design to fruition. Hence the compromise was made in a 4-6-0 design that broke tradition with Swindon. Ultimately 30 locomotives were built between 1945 and 1947.
The County Class was intended for mixed traffic use; although the emphasis appears to have been on express passenger operation, hence the large driver wheels at 6’-3” diameter. The boiler was similar to the above mentioned Stanier design, while the running gear was almost identical to Hawkworth’s own successful modified Hall design. After 1955 the entire class was fitted with double chimneys in order to improve crew draughting complaints.
As such, the County Class never found favour with die-hard GWR crews, preferring more traditional designs such as Castle’s, King’s, and Grange’s. None-the-less, as mainline locomotives the Class performed well as mixed traffic locomotives.
The Modernisation Plan brought around the end of the County Class starting in 1962. All members were withdrawn by 1964 with none being set aside for preservation. However, the hybrid design of the LMS Stanier boiler and Hawkworth’s own modified Hall was not lost on members of the Didcot Railway Center who have set about recreating a County from existing scrapped locomotives. Once complete the “new” locomotive shall take the name and number of former Class member 1014 County of Glamorgan.

John Faulkner

Class 1000 County Releases (11)

MODEL NO. LIVERY
Atlantic Coast Express (Merchant Navy Class - Holland America Line)
Released: 2001
35022 B.R. Green
County Class Locomotive - County Of Brecknoch
Released: 2006 2007
1007 B.R. Black
County Class Locomotive - County Of Carnarvon
Released: 2004 2005
1010 G.W.R. Green
County Class Locomotive - County Of Cornwall
Released: 2010r 2011r
1006 G.W.R. Green
County Class Locomotive - County Of Devon
Released: 2005 2006 2007
1005 B.R. Green
County Class Locomotive - County Of Gloucester
Released: 1999
1015 B.R. Black
County Class Locomotive - County Of Monmouth
Released: 2001
1020 B.R. Green
County Class Locomotive - County Of Salop
Released: 2004
1026 B.R. Green
County Class Locomotive - County Of Worcester
Released: 1999
1029 G.W.R. Green
G.W.R. County Locomotive with Three Centenary Coaches (County Class - County Of Somerset)
Released: 1997 1998
1004 G.W.R. Green
South Wales Express (County Class - County Of Cornwall)
Released: 2000
1006 B.R. Green

Class 1000 County Images (11)

Atlantic Coast Express (Merchant Navy Class - Holland America Line)
Atlantic Coast Express (Merchant Navy Class - Holland America Line) 35022

County Class Locomotive - County Of Brecknoch
County Class Locomotive - County Of Brecknoch 1007

County Class Locomotive - County Of Carnarvon
County Class Locomotive - County Of Carnarvon 1010

County Class Locomotive - County Of Cornwall
County Class Locomotive - County Of Cornwall 1006

County Class Locomotive - County Of Devon
County Class Locomotive - County Of Devon 1005

County Class Locomotive - County Of Gloucester
County Class Locomotive - County Of Gloucester 1015

County Class Locomotive - County Of Monmouth
County Class Locomotive - County Of Monmouth 1020

County Class Locomotive - County Of Salop
County Class Locomotive - County Of Salop 1026

County Class Locomotive - County Of Worcester
County Class Locomotive - County Of Worcester 1029

G.W.R. County Locomotive with Three Centenary Coaches (County Class - County Of Somerset)
G.W.R. County Locomotive with Three Centenary Coaches (County Class - County Of Somerset) 1004

South Wales Express (County Class - County Of Cornwall)
South Wales Express (County Class - County Of Cornwall) 1006


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