GWR 2884 Class
|GWR 2884 Class|
3822 at Didcot
|Builder||GWR Swindon Works|
|Gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|3 ft 2 in (0.965 m)|
|Driver diameter||4 ft 7 1⁄2 in (1.410 m)|
|Minimum curve||7 chains (460 ft; 140 m) normal,
6 chains (400 ft; 120 m) slow
|Length||63 ft 2 1⁄4 in (19.26 m)|
|Width||8 ft 11 in (2.72 m)|
|Height||13 ft 0 in (3.96 m)|
|Axle load||17 tons 0 cwt (38,100 lb or 17.3 t) full|
|Weight on drivers||67 tons 0 cwt (150,100 lb or 68.1 t) full|
|Locomotive weight||76 tons 5 cwt (170,800 lb or 77.5 t) full|
|Tender weight||40 tons 0 cwt (89,600 lb or 40.6 t) full|
|Water capacity||3,500 imperial gallons (16,000 l; 4,200 US gal)|
|Boiler pressure||225 psi (1.55 MPa)|
|Firegrate area||27.07 sq ft (2.515 m2)|
|1,686.60 sq ft (156.690 m2)|
|154.78 sq ft (14.380 m2)|
|Superheater type||4 or 6 element|
|Superheater area||4-element: 191.8 sq ft (17.82 m2),
6-element: 253.38 sq ft (23.540 m2)
|Cylinder size||18.5 in × 30 in (470 mm × 762 mm)|
|Valve type||Piston valves|
|Tractive effort||35,380 lbf (157.4 kN)|
|Railroad(s)||GWR » BR|
|Power class||GWR: E
|Axle load class||GWR: Blue|
|Disposition||Nine preserved, remainder scrapped|
The Great Western Railway (GWR) 2884 Class is a class of 2-8-0 steam locomotive designed for heavy freight work. They were a development of the earlier 2800 Class. The 2884s differed from the original engines in a number of respects, the most obvious being that a more modern Collett side window cab was provided. 167 locomotives were built in total.
3803, now preserved, was the GWR's heavy freight locomotive in the 1948 Locomotive Exchange Trials.
They were so popular with the ex-Great Western crews that the British Railways Western Region operating authorities wanted more of the class built after nationalisation in 1948; however, this request was turned down in favour of BR Standard Class 9Fs.
- No. 2885 is owned by the GWR Preservation Group based at Southall Railway Centre. After being on static display at Birmingham Moor Street railway station for about eight years, it was offered for sale in August 2011. It was lifted out of the station on 2 June 2013.
- No. 3802 is currently operating on the Llangollen Railway
- No. 3803 is operating on the Battlefield Line Railway, though it has recently been offered for sale.
- No. 3814 is awaiting overhaul on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
- No. 3822 is awaiting overhaul at the Didcot Railway Centre. In 1989, it was used in the Music video of song Breakthru by the band Queen.
- No. 3845 is owned by Dinmore Manor Locomotive Ltd and is at a private restoration site in the West Midlands.
- No. 3850 is owned by Dinmore Manor Locomotive Ltd and is operating on the West Somerset Railway and Great Central Railway
- No. 3855 is under restoration on the East Lancashire Railway
- No. 3862 is under restoration on the Northampton & Lamport Railway
- Whitehurst, Brian (1973). Great Western engines, names, numbers, types, classes: 1940 to preservation. Oxford: Oxford Publishing Company. pp. 28, 35, 98, 103, 140. ISBN 0-902888-21-8. OCLC 815661.
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- GWR 3862 under restoration at Northampton & Lamport Railway