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BR/GWR Churchward 2-0-0 Class 2800 No. 2861 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966

BR/GWR Churchward 2-0-0 Class 2800 No. 2861 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image

BR/GWR Churchward 2-0-0 Class 2800 No. 2861 at Woodham Brothers scrapyard, Barry, Wales on 18th August 1966. Built at Swindon Works in June 1918, it was withdrawn from 86E Severn Tunnel Junction shed in March 1963.

The class was designed by G.J. Churchward for heavy freight work. They were the first 2-8-0 class in Great Britain. The prototype, originally numbered 97 but later renumbered 2800, appeared in 1903. Construction of the production series commenced in 1905 and continued until 1919. The 2884 Class which appeared in 1938–1942 was developed from the 2800 class and is sometimes classified with it. The only serious problem met with in traffic was with the sealing of the internal steam pipes. Beginning in 1934 most of the class had them replaced with the outside kind. 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.

The locomotive became one of the 'Barry Ten', and remained stored at Barry until 2010, when it was bought by the Great Western Society at Didcot. In 2013, it became the final ex-Woodham Brothers locomotive to leave Barry when it was moved to the Llangollen Railway. The locomotive has now been dismantled and has donated its cylinder and saddle block to the construction of GWR 4700 Class 2-8-0 No. 4709, along with several other components. Its boiler currently (August 2014) sits in the frames of Didcot's new build 2999 Saint 'Lady of Legend' to enable the design of pipework befor 2999s own boiler is ready.

The frames of 2861 were cut up in June 2014.

A schoolboy trainspotter in his school uniform of peaked school cap, shirt, tie, pullover, short trousers and knee socks, can be seen at the controls in the locos cab. By 1966, school caps and shorts were no longer worn by the vast majority of boys, only public and grammar schools hanging on to them.

Date Photo Taken 18/08/1966
Date Uploaded 02/07/2014
Image Owner/Copyright Howie Milburn
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Steam Loco Information for BR/GWR Churchward 2-0-0 Class 2800 No. 2861 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image

Steam Loco Class Information for BR/GWR Churchward 2-0-0 Class 2800 No. 2861 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image


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