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17. Building the MSC. - Locomotives.


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I don't know if anyone has noticed but the names of the locos have a bearing on whether they were bought specifically for use on the canal contract or if they were imported in by Thomas Walker the canal contractor from other of his completed projects, eg. 'Rhymney', 'Windsor', 'Tulley' etc. were older imported engines, whereas engines with names depicting areas relatively local to the canal eg. 'Moore', Patricroft', 'Norton', etc. were new engines purchased for the canal project. The total number of locomotives employed on the building of the canal were in excess of 170. some sources say 173 others give a figure of over 180, out of these numbers only 23 -24 were taken over by the MSC newly formed railway on completion of the canal, by 1915 only 11 of those were still operating.

 

Locomotive Sankey at the Weaver section.

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Locomotive Seedley at Latchford.

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Locomotive Severn at Ellesmere Port.

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LocomotiveStaffordatCadishead.

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Locomotive Stanlow with a new saloon coach, probably a directors vehicle.

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Locomotive Stretford at Latchford.

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Locomotive Sully with a gang taking their break.

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Locomotive Tatton at Irlam.

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Locomotive Tatton.

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Locomotive Tawe.

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It's interesting to see that the smaller locos have outside pistons and the larger ones have inside pistons, in general British locos started with inside pistons because of the size of the passage way,( two Roman horses arses wide) but I guess the MSC railways didn't have that problem because they were on their land.

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It's interesting to see that the smaller locos have outside pistons and the larger ones have inside pistons, in general British locos started with inside pistons because of the size of the passage way,( two Roman horses arses wide) but I guess the MSC railways didn't have that problem because they were on their land.

The 0-6-0 engines had inside cylinders as they had the length to accommodate the piston, connecting rods and valve gear and were used on the longer heavier trains whereas the smaller 0-4-0 engines because of their short wheel base could negotiate sharp rail curves associated with local building work.

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