GN outline two-cylinder 4-6-2 Pacific locomotive
Designed by Henry Greenly
Built by Davey Paxman & Co., (15469) in 1925
Overall length: 27' 7"
Weight in working order: 8 ton 10cwt
Driving wheel diameter: 2' 1.5"
Bogie and trailing wheel diameter: 1'
Cylinders: 5.25" x 8.5"
Current Livery: LNER Apple Green
Greenly based them on Nigel Gresley's famous A1 class locomotives of the London & North Eastern Railway, of which the Flying Scotsman is a surviving example. Green Goddess and tender cost £1,250 to build. The name of the locomotive was apparently taken from one of Howey's favourite plays.
She was ready long before the railway, so Howey arranged for her to be tested on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway in Cumbria during 1925. Following this, and while the line was under construction, Howey tried to whet the appetite of the local people by displaying the loco at Binns Garage in New Romney.
She has always been seen sporting a livery of green, and since the war has sported two new high capacity tenders. The second of these now belongs to Northern Chief, the first has been re-united with Green Goddess.
Green Goddess caries a Wilcox chime whistle and George Barlow was her driver for over thirty years from 1947.
She currently runs in an Apple Green livery similar to that of the former Great Northern Railway. Having been built in 1925, the year 2000 saw this fine engine celebrate its 75th birthday.
This locomotive is currently out of service and due for a well-earned overhaul.
Now, a new DVD — RH&DR 2006 — which features footage from an exciting year in the history of the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway: the return of the Bug from overhaul, 2006 gala, installation of barriers at crossings and more. Priced at £11.99 of which £10.00 will go towards the Green Goddess Overhaul Appeal Fund. More details »
Green Goddess is now back in service following a major overhaul, returning to traffic on Saturday June 13th 2009. Below is Craig Stretten's video of the event.
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