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BR/GWR Churchward 2-8-0 Class 2800 No. 3862 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966

BR/GWR Churchward 2-8-0 Class 2800  No. 3862 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image

BR/GWR Churchward 2-8-0 Class 2800 (2884) No. 3862 at Woodham Brothers scrapyard, Barry, Wales on 18th August 1966. Built at Swindon Works in November 1942, it was withdrawn from 84J (6C) Croes Newydd shed in February 1965.

They were designed for heavy freight work and 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 and that they were built with outside steam pipes.

83 of the 2884 class were built between 1938 and 1941. Those built during the war did not have the side window to the cab, and the side window on the others was plated over. This was to reduce glare as a precaution against air attack. The windows were reinstated after the war.

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.

Between 1945 and 1947, coal shortages caused GWR to experiment with oil fired 2800 locomotives. Eight of the 2884 class were converted and renumbered from 4850. The experiment, encouraged by the government was abandoned in 1948 once the extra maintenance costs were calculated and the bill had arrived for the imported oil.

When built, 3862 went new to Oxford shed where it was immediately pressed into service on the vital movement of wartime goods and supplies. Remaining here until October 1947 this 2-8-0 then moved to Pontypool Road for a six year period before going onto Plymouth (Laira) at the end of 1953.

It soon settled down on the usual pattern of heavy freight duties up and down the west of England main line although, according to a comment in a leading railway magazine of the mid 1950s, it spent so much time west of Plymouth during 1956 that it would have been easier to shed the loco at Penzance.

Transferred to Cardiff Canton in July 1962 and then Cardiff East Dock just one month later, it was finally allocated to Croes Newydd in September 1963, being withdrawn from there in February 1965 and arrived at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, in July 1965.

The locomotive was purchased by the LNWR Preservation Society in May 1987 and departed from Barry on 10th April 1989 and moved to Pitsford, on what is now the Northampton and Lamport Railway. It is currently located on the Northampton & Lamport Railway and is yet to run in preservation

Date Photo Taken 18/08/1966
Date Uploaded 01/09/2014
Image Owner/Copyright Howie Milburn
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Steam Loco Information for BR/GWR Churchward 2-8-0 Class 2800 No. 3862 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image

Steam Loco Class Information for BR/GWR Churchward 2-8-0 Class 2800 No. 3862 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image


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