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BR/GWR Churchward 2-8-0 Tank Class 4200 No. 4247 at Woodhams Scrapyard 1966

 BR/GWR Churchward 2-8-0 Tank Class 4200 No. 4247 at Woodhams Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image

BR/GWR Churchward 2-8-0 Tank Class 4200 No. 4247 at Woodham Brothers scrapyard, Barry, Wales on 18th August 1966. Built at Swindon Works in March 1916, it was withdrawn from 86F Tondu shed in April 1964 and sold for scrap to Woodham Bros of Barry in South Wales.

The class was designed for short-haul coal trips from coal mines to ports in South Wales, working 1000+ ton coal trains through the Welsh valleys. The locomotives were built with large boilers and narrow side tanks; these engines would pass numerous water stops along their routes so the limited tank capacity was not a constraint. Because of the class’s heavy water consumption and limited tank capacity they were nicknamed 'Water Carts'.

Many of the lines in South Wales had sharp curves. To traverse these curves, the locomotives were constructed with side play in the trailing driving wheels and coupling rods with spherical joints to allow for movement in any direction.

The later 5205 Class were very similar.

105 4200s were build between 1910 and 1923. Fourteen of these were rebuilt between 1937 and 1939 as 2-8-2T of the 7200 Class. In later years many of the remainder were upgraded to 5205 specification with outside steam pipes, larger cylinders and in some cases curved frames at the front end.

Five have been preserved, nos 4247, 4248, 4253, 4270 and 4277. All five engines were rescued from Woodham Brothers scrapyard in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales.

4247 is in '5205' condition with outside steampipes, but a straight footplate. It has been restored and run in preservation. The loco is currently in service on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway. It left Barry in April 1985.

Date Photo Taken 18/08/1966
Date Uploaded 03/09/2014
Image Owner/Copyright Howie Milburn
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Steam Loco Information for BR/GWR Churchward 2-8-0 Tank Class 4200 No. 4247 at Woodhams Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image

Steam Loco Class Information for BR/GWR Churchward 2-8-0 Tank Class 4200 No. 4247 at Woodhams Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image


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