Class 101 Holden Tank
Class: Class 101 Holden Tank
Designer: James Holden
Weight: 25 tons - Estimated
Purpose: Experimental design
Information: This 0-4-0T was a one off experimental oil burning locomotive built at Swindon Works under the direction of William Deanís Chief Engineer, James Holden in 1901
Details: This unique 0-4-0T was originally built as an oil burning locomotive to demonstrate the economies of oil burning technology. James Holden worked at Swindon under the direction of William Dean was subsequently better known for his work with the Great Eastern Railway.
No. 101 employed a complex firebox and valve gear. The locomotive was intended for light passenger service on the Wrington Vale Light Railway near Bristol. Due to technical issues associated with design the locomotive never left Swindon Works where she languished until 1905, at which time GWR made the decision to rebuild the locomotive as a conventional coal burning tank engine.
As a non-standard design the locomotive appears to have been with-drawn and scrapped in 1911.