Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era 1903 – 2-8-0 Great Western Railway

Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era

1903 – 2-8-0

Great Western Railway

 2881 as running in 1930No. 2881 as running in 1930

J.G.Churchward’s 2-8-0 mineral engine of 1903 was the first of its type in the country, and was in many ways well in advance of its time, as it remained the standard Great Western heavy goods type for the rest of that Company’s existence.

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The initial engine was at first numbered 97, and after two years trials a further twenty were put in hand, which came out as Nos. 2801-20.  Nos. 2821-30 followed in 1907, Nos. 2831-55 between 1911 and 1913, and 2856-83 in 1918-19.  The original 97 had by then become No.2800.

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All were eventually fitted with superheaters.  After a lapse of nineteen years construction was again resumed under Collett’s superintendency, the new engines differing from their predecessors only in the provision of side window cabs and one or two other details.  These were Nos. 2884-99, and 3800-66, which were all built between 1938 and 1942.  The whole class remained intact until 1958, when No. 2800 was withdrawn.

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Driving wheels – 4’ 7½”,  Cylinders – (2) 18½”x 30”,  Pressure – 225 lb.,  Tractive effort – 35380 lb.,  Weight – 75 tons 10 cwt (2800-2883),  76 tons 5 cwt (2884 series)

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