The Giant Coffee Shaker

2014 Autumn Steam Gala Watercress Line - Ropley - GWR 42xx 2-8-0T 4270You may have heard the term “coffee pot” to describe a steam engine with a verticle boiler, or as a nickname for Bulleid’s Q1 class.  However, this locomotive proved to be a coffee shaker…

2014 Autumn Steam Gala Watercress Line - Alresford - GWR 42xx 2-8-0T 4270One of four locomotives that stared in the Watercress Line’s Autumn Spring Steam Gala, this big giant tank engine is a Great Western railway 42xx class 2-8-0T.

2014 Autumn Steam Gala Watercress Line - Ropley - GWR 42xx 2-8-0T 42704270, owned by Jeremy Hosking is usually based on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway and has featured on this blog before, courtesy of GWSAlex – please check out his blog post that details the history of this steam engine (click here.)

2014 Autumn Steam Gala Watercress Line - Approaching Ropley - GWR 42xx 2-8-0T 4270 freight trainAs can be seen from the pictures above and below, 4270 hauled a demonstration goods train.  It was especially fitting considering the locomotive was designed to haul freight, albeit coal in South Wales.

2014 Autumn Steam Gala Watercress Line - Approaching Ropley - GWR 42xx 2-8-0T 4270 freight trainSo why call it a coffee shaker?  Unfortunately this because when we hauled by the locomotive on a short passenger journey from Ropley to Alresford it was rocking and riding roughly.  Before setting off from the station I had poured a coffee from my thermos flask which is when the coffee shaking began!  Somehow I didn’t spill any!

2014 Autumn Steam Gala Watercress Line - Alresford - GWR 42xx 2-8-0T 4270Despite this, it was great to see this large tank engine, particularly because it is the least modified survivor of its class.  Introduced in 1910, the design is over a hundred years old, making this survivor all the more special.

2014 Autumn Steam Gala Watercress Line - Ropley - GWR 42xx 2-8-0T 4270I leave you with a few more pictures of 4270 for you to look through.  Thanks for reading folks! 🙂

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8 thoughts on “The Giant Coffee Shaker

  1. I like the name, so at some point we can have a coffee shaker sitting outside the coffee-pot cafe at Winchcombe, and maybe some time in the future another coffee-pot going the other way (coffee-pot also being the name of the auto-train that ran along our line! Lots of coffee considering the railways are said to run on tea!

    Great pictures, not sure if I can speak for the ride, I’m not sure if I’ve even managed to ride behind 4270 yet, if I have, I’ll have just finished working and would have probably been too tired to notice. Maybe it’s just that GWR drivers are better 😛

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  2. Had a run behind 4270 a few weeks ago, heading hanging out of the leading coach window, as in the days of my youth. Don’t remember there being any untoward motion.

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