GWR 322 Class (tank engine)

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GWR 322 Class (tank engine)
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer George Armstrong
Builder GWR Wolverhampton works
Build date 1878-1885
Total produced 6
Specifications
Configuration 0-6-0ST
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Fuel type coal
Cylinders two
Career
Operator(s) GWR

The GWR 322 Class tank engines comprised six Great Western Railway outside-framed 0-6-0 steam locomotives, originally built by Beyer, Peacock and Company as 322 class tender engines, and subsequently rebuilt in 1878-85 as saddle tank locomotives by George Armstrong at Wolverhampton Works.

Numbering[edit]

They were numbered in sequence as 322-327, No. 323 having exchanged numbers with No. 359, No. 325 with No.337, and No. 327 with No. 366.

Rebuilding[edit]

From 1918 all apart from No. 324 became pannier tanks, when they were reboilered with Belpaire fireboxes. No. 322 was the only one ever to have a fully enclosed cab.

Use[edit]

They were principally stationed in the Birmingham/Wolverhampton area, and at Stourbridge, and including their previous existence as tender engines all ran over a million miles up to their withdrawal between 1921 and 1932.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ le Fleming 1958, pp. E32-E33.

Sources[edit]

  • le Fleming, H.M. (1958). The Locomotives of the Great Western Railway, part five: Six-coupled Tank Engines. Kenilworth: RCTS.