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Flying Dutchman Express
From the late 1840s on Great Western Railway expresses such as the famed "Flying Dutchman" were speeding to the West of England at speeds of a mile-a-minute, which few other railways could match. In 1851 the journey from Paddington to Exeter was booked at an astounding average speed of 53 m.p.h.
In the last days of the broad gauge, a Paddington express races through Acton at a
mile-a-minute on its way to the West of England behind a Gooch 4-2-2. To enlarge right click and select
On 27 July 1876 at Long Ashton the "Flying Dutchman" behind Pearson 4-2-4T No. 2001 derailed at 60 m.p.h. The driver and fireman were killed; 14 passengers and 2 guards were seriously injured. The accident was due to poor track maintenance, though there were also some doubts over the stability of the Pearson tanks at speed and the remaining members of the class were rebuilt as 4-2-2 tender engines.
Snow Leopard. The "Flying Dutchman" behind ex-SDR 4-4-0ST "Leopard" off the road near Camborne in the Great Blizzard of Monday, 9 March 1891. The following year "Leopard" hauled the last broad gauge "Flying Dutchman" into Penzance
The down "Flying Dutchman" at Stoke Canon on 9 May 1891. Photograph by the Rev. A. H. Malan. To enlarge right click and select "view image"
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