- Furness Railway No. 3
Furness Railway"Coppernob" No. 3 is a preserved English steam locomotive. It is a "cobbernob" because of its dome-shaped "haystack" copper firebox.
It was built in
1846by Bury, Curtis, and Kennedyof Liverpool, [cite book|author=Lowe, James W.|title=British Steam Locomotive Builders|publisher=Goose and Son|location=Cambridge|year=1975|isbn=0-900404-21-3] a company with which the F.R.'s first locomotive superintendent, James Ramsden, had been an apprentice. It is a four-coupled version of Edward Bury's popular design of the period, with iron bar frames and inside cylinders, and is historically significant as the only survivor in the United Kingdomof this type. It is also one of the few items of rolling stocksurviving from the Furness Railwaywhose Indian red livery it carries.
It shared with three other similar engines all traffic on the F.R. for around six years. Latterly it was used for shunting around the docks at
Barrow-in-Furnessand on local duties, being withdrawn in 1900. [cite book|author=Rush, R. W.|title=The Furness Railway, 1843-1923|publisher=Oakwood Press|year=1973|isbn=0-85361-117-3] [cite journal|author=Fancey, W. F.|title=An old locomotive|journal=Railway Magazine|volume=4|pages=217–18|date=1899]
It is now housed in the
National Railway Museum, York. It has shrapnelwounds from German bombs, acquired during World War IIwhen it was displayed in a glass pavilion at Barrow-in-Furness railway station.
In February 2007, No. 3 had one of its shedplates stolen at York. It hasn't been seen since.
Steam locomotives of the Furness Railway
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