Fowler's Ghost

IMG 5408 - Fowler's Ghost

Fowler’s Ghost was a 2-4-0 broad gauge locomotive designed for the Metropolitan Railway by Sir John Fowler. The engine made just one test run through Edgware Road station in 1862 and was a failure.
The Marylebone flyover approach shown below is the exact spot where the Ghost stood. Behind the wall is Edgware Road station. The A40 was built across the tracks & tunnel entrance in the 60s.
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Fowler's Ghost at Edgware Road 1862. Source: Wikipedia
Fowler’s Ghost at Edgware Road (Stafford Street) in May 1862. Note the wide tunnel mouth.
Stafford Street once passed over the tunnel entrance. Its now known as Cosway Street.
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The covered way accommodating the A40 at right is shown in this view of Edgware Rd station.
The following maps show the site in 1893 and the present day.
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ow resolution view from the 1893 OS map with the Fowler’s Ghost site ringed in red.
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Low resolution Google aerial view showing the location today – again ringed in red.
My animation skills might be a bit dodgy however it compares the 1862 picture with the site nowdays:
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Some observers comment on the fact the locomotive is working wrong road however at the time only the eastbound rail had mixed gauge. Fowler’s broad gauge engine could use that and haul the standard gauge wagons nos 23 & 29 used for most of the early trial trips.
The Metropolitan’s tunnels’ stylish portals can still be seen at the western end of Farringdon, Euston Square, Great Portland Street and Baker Street stations. All the eastern end portals have been demolished except Edgware Road’s which is the one seen in the Fowler’s Ghost picture.
The tunnel portal once accommodated the tracks leading to the carriage & locomotive works. This view from Edgware Road station shows just a small part of the widened 1862 portal can still be seen.
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The site itself can be viewed on You Tube: Circle Line cab ride Hammersmith – Liverpool Street.
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Clip from the video showing the covered way and tunnel portals.
This post is dedicated to William Mitchell LT signal engineer.

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