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The reason he decided on this wheel arrangement was for comparison purposes, having persuaded the GWR Board members that the French De Glehn 4-cylinder locomotives were far superior to our machines and furthermore made the case for purchasing 3 of those engines, including No 102 'La France' (left) which was used to haul the inaugural 'Cornish Riviera Express' in 1904 and continued to work the train for many years.The Alfred De Glehn design was of a compound engine; high pressured inside cylinders driving the second axle, with low pressure outer assemblies motioning the first drive axle, a system recognised as 'Divided Drive' which Churchward adopted for 'North Star' and also copied the taper boiler design and replicated the Belpaire firebox, with the styling of the leading bogie also taken from the De Glehn 'Locomotive Manual'.CB Collett was then instructed to design a larger locomotive capable of hauling 500 ton loads as far as Taunton and 360 tons unassisted over the Devon banks, with an axle load of a maximum 22.5 tons.

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