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William Frederick Gooch
William Frederick Gooch trained under his brother Daniel at Swindon before becoming Locomotive Superintendent at Newton Abbot in 1851 for Evans, Geach & Co., the contractors who supplied the South Devon Railway with its locomotives. He returned to Swindon as Works Manager in 1857. Sir Daniel Gooch hoped his youngest brother might succeed him as Locomotive Superintendent of the Great Western Railway, but that, alas, was not to be and in the event the Directors appointed Joseph Armstrong. In 1864 William Frederick Gooch left the broad gauge to become the Managing Director of the Vulcan Foundry at Newton-le-Willows near Warrington.
William Frederick Gooch, J.P., C.E. (1825-1915), Youngest Brother of Sir Daniel Gooch
4' 8" gauge 0-6-0ST "Mars," ordered from the Vulcan Foundry by the West Cornwall Railway but delivered in 1866 after the takeover by the Associated Companies
Ex-Evans, Geach & Co. 4-4-0ST "Hector" (GWR No. 2117), built by Slaughter, Gruning & Co. in August 1860, shown at Plymouth in around 1890. To enlarge right click and select "view image"
B&ER No. 71, one of a batch of ten 0-4-4 saddle tanks built by the Vulcan Foundry in 1867
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