Dick Kerr 4wPE

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Dick Kerr & Co of Preston received an order from the War Department for one hundred 4wPE locomotives in 1916, to be used on military service in France. They were numbered 1901 to 2000 and were built to the same specification as another one hundred British Westinghouse 4wPE units.

Photographic evidence shows that a pair of the Dick Kerr locomotives was trialled on the NWNGR in 1917. However, WJK Davies stated that it was a trial of British Westinghouse locomotives that took place.

The first British Westinghouse locomotive were delivered before the Dick Kerr units. It is possble that both types of locomotive were tested on the NWNGR in comparative trials or that some confusion has occurred and the Dick Kerr locomotives that did visit Dinas have been confused with the British Westinghouse type.


  • WHR Yahoo Group message 26527 - David Woodcock
  • Light Railways of the First World War - WJK Davies - David & Charles

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