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GWR Route: Banbury to Wolverhampton

Solihull Station: gwrs1611

GWR 0-4-2T 517 Class No 215 poses for the camera at Solihull in 1900

GWR 0-4-2T 517 Class No 215, designed by George Armstrong, poses for the camera at Solihull in 1900. The 517 Class were small 0-4-2T tank engines designed for local passenger work on the Great Western Railway. They were built at Wolverhampton Works and were outshopped between 1868 and 1885. They were built in thirteen lots commencing with No 517 to No 528 and ending with No 1477 to No 1488 between 1884 and 1885. The class was far from uniform and encompassed three different wheelbase sizes, saddle and side tanks, and various boilers to name just a few variations. The above locomotive was built in 1876 to Lot Z , one of 13 locomotives, No 202 to 205 and No 215 No 222.