LSWR 092 Charon Nameplate Picture

Don't pay the ferryman,
Don't even fix a price
Don't pay the ferryman,
Until he gets you to the other side!
- Chris de Burgh, "Don't Pay the Ferryman"

London and South Western Railway (LSWR) steam locomotive No. 092 Charon was a Lion-class 0-6-0 goods engine built by the Nine Elms Works in May 1867. It was named for the ferryman of the Underworld in Greek and Roman mythology, who took the souls of the dead across the rivers Styx and Acheron to Hades/Pluto, and for whom the family of the deceased would place a coin in the person's mouth. This might not be the happiest-sounding name to put on a locomotive, but I feel that at the same time it is cool in a spooky way. Charon was scrapped by 1900, but one of its nameplates is on display at the National Railway Museum. Little did Joseph H. Beattie know that Charon would become famous over a hundred years later as the largest of the dwarf planet Pluto's five moons. As luck would have it, there was indeed a Pluto in the LSWR fleet, an 0-4-2 goods engine built in 1841. As for Nix, Styx, and Cerbeus, I am not so sure if their names were ever applied to any locomotives.
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