Barry Railway Class F
|Barry Railway Class F|
|Designer||J. H. Hosgood|
|Builder||Sharp, Stewart & Co.,
North British Locomotive Co.,
|Build date||1890, 1892, 1894-1895, 1900, 1905|
|UIC classification||C n2t|
|Gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Driver diameter||4 ft 4 in (1.321 m)|
|Wheelbase||14 ft 5 in (4.394 m)|
|Locomotive weight||56 tons 5 cwt (126,000 lb or 57.2 t)|
|Fuel capacity||1.5 long tons (3,400 lb; 1,500 kg)|
|Boiler pressure||160 psi (1.10 MPa)|
|Cylinder size||18 × 26 in (457 × 660 mm)|
|Tractive effort||20,825 lbf (92.63 kN)|
|Operator(s)||BR → GWR|
|Delivered||1890, 1892, 1894-1895, 1900, 1905|
Shunting at the Docks
The purpose of this locomotive was to carry out heavy shunting duties at Barry Docks. They were, in effect, a saddle tank version of the “A” class, a locomotive which had carried out shunting duties at the docks up to this point. 28 engines of the “F” class were manufactured, making it the second largest class of locomotive used on the Barry Railway, outnumbered only by the “B1” class. They were fitted with a reversing lever, far quicker for changing direction during shunting duties than the customary screw type reverser. They were all shedded at Barry and occasionally, in addition to their main shunting duties, they worked goods and coal traffic on the main line.
The locomotives passed to the Great Western Railway in 1922 but were withdrawn between 1926 and 1936. However so useful were the engines, that many of them were sold on, details of which are listed below. None survived into British Railways ownership and none have been preserved.
|Year||Quantity||Manufacturer||Serial Numbers||Barry Numbers||GWR Numbers||Notes|
|1890||3||Sharp, Stewart & Co.||3607–3609||47–49||710–712|
|1900||8||Sharp Stewart||4593–4600||37, 52, 99–104||708, 713, 719–724|
|1905||6||North British Locomotive Company||16628–16633||127–132||725–726, 807, 729, 742, 747|
|1905||6||Hudswell Clarke||712–717||133–138||754, 776–780|
|Barry Numbers||GWR Numbers||Date of Sale||Purchaser||Company Numbers||Scrapped||Notes|
|37||708||March 1933||Powell Duffryn Steam Coal Co Ltd, Bargoed Colliery||708||October 1947|
|48||711||August 1934||Powell Duffryn Steam Coal Co Ltd, Bargoed Colliery||711||July 1960|
|49||712||March 1933||Coltness Iron Co Ltd, New Mains Colliery||11||1959||scrapped by EG Steel Ltd, Hamilton|
|52||713||July 1936||RH Longbotham, Northwood for John Bowes & Partners Ltd||8||September 1946||scrapped by DS Bowran, Gateshead|
|64||714||September 1934||DS Bowran, Gateshead for Backworth Coal Co Ltd||9||1956||boiler, tanks and wheels used to rebuild 719|
|65||715||August 1932||Ocean Coal Co Ltd, Deep Navigation Colliery, Treharris||715||September 1950|
|71||717||November 1934||RH Longbotham, Northwood for John Bowes & Partners Ltd||9||withdrawn December 1963|
|72||718||January 1935||Ashington Coal Co Ltd||22||June 1962|
|99||719||November 1934||DS Bowran, Gateshead for Wallsend & Hebburn Coal Co Ltd, Rising Sun Colliery||?||September 1962||rebuilt with boiler, tanks and wheels off No. 714|
|100||720||November 1936||Partridge Jones & John Paton Ltd, Talywain Ironworks, Abersychan||720||February 1961|
|101||721||May 1935||Ocean Coal Co Ltd, Treorchy Colliery||721||between August 1953 and April 1954|
|102||722||March 1936||Robert Frazer & Sons Ltd for Cowpen Coal Ltd, Cambois Colliery||13||August 1958||scrapped by Willoughby, Ashington|
|103||723||January 1935||Ashington Coal Co Ltd||23||October 1960|
|104||724||May 1933||Robert Frazer & Sons Ltd for Hartley Main Collieries Ltd||24||April 1960||scrapped by Ellis, Gateshead|
|127||725||November 1934||RH Longbotham, Northwood for John Bowes & Partners Ltd||10||February 1950||scrapped by Marple & Gillot Ltd, Gateshead|
|128||726||February 1933||RR Paton Ltd for Amalgamated Anthracite Collieries Ltd, Gwauncaegurwen Colliery||726||1957|
|130||729||September 1932||Robert Frazer & Sons Ltd for Hartley Main Collieries Ltd||22||withdrawn December 1963||withdrawn at Hazelrigg Colliery|
|131||742||August 1932||Ocean Coal Co Ltd, Treorchy Colliery||742||November 1962|
|132||747||May 1933||Robert Frazer & Sons Ltd for Hartley Main Collieries Ltd||25||?|
|133||754||January 1937||Powell Duffryn Associated Collieries Ltd, Bargoed Colliery||754||July 1960||scrapped as side tank|
|134||776||February 1933||Powell Duffryn Steam Coal Co Ltd, Aberaman Colliery||776||April 1960|
|138||780||May 1936||Burnyeats Brown & Co Ltd, Nine Mile Point Colliery||780||June 1964|
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