GWR Waverley Class

The Great Western Railway Waverley Class were 4-4-0 broad gauge steam locomotives for express passenger train work.

Great Western Railway Waverley Class
Type and origin
Power typeSteam
DesignerDaniel Gooch
BuilderRobert Stephenson & Co.
 • Whyte4-4-0
Gauge7 ft 14 in (2,140 mm)
Leading dia.4 ft 3 in (1,295 mm)
Driver dia.7 ft 0 in (2,134 mm)
Wheelbase16 ft 0+14 in (4,883 mm)
Cylinder size17 in × 24 in (432 mm × 610 mm), dia × stroke
OperatorsGreat Western Railway

The class was introduced into service between February and June 1855, and withdrawn between February 1872 and November 1876. From about 1865, the Waverley Class was known as the Abbot Class.

The names are inspired by the Waverley Novels of Sir Walter Scott.


  • Abbott (1855–1876)
The Abbot is one of the Waverley novels.
  • Antiquary (1855–1876)
The Antiquary is one of the Waverley novels.
  • Coeur de Lion
Coeur de Lion is the nickname of King Richard I of England, who appears in Sir Walter Scott's novel The Talisman.
  • Ivanhoe (1855–1876)
Ivanhoe is one of the Waverley novels.
  • Lalla Rookh (1855–1872)
Lalla-Rookh was a poem by Thomas Moore.
  • Pirate (1855–1876)
The Pirate is one of the Waverley novels.
  • Red Gauntlet (1855–1876)
Redgauntlet is one of the Waverley novels.
  • Rob Roy (1855–1872)
Rob Roy is the title of one of the Waverley novels and the nickname of Robert Roy MacGregor.
  • Robin Hood (1855–1876)
Robin Hood was an English folk hero.
  • Waverley (1855–1876)
Waverley is the first title in the Waverley series of novels.


  • Reed, P. J. T. (February 1953). White, D. E. (ed.). The Locomotives of the Great Western Railway, Part 2: Broad Gauge. Kenilworth: RCTS. p. B23. ISBN 0-901115-32-0.
  • Waters, Laurence (1999). The Great Western Broad Gauge. Hersham: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7110-2634-6 – via

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