2251 0-6-0 GWR Collett 2200-2299 & 3200-3219

2251

 

Power Classification 3MT
Introduced 1930 – 1948
Designer Collett
Company GWR
Weight – Loco 43t 8cwt
               Tender 36t 5cwt
Driving Wheels 5ft 2ins
Boiler Pressure 200psi
Cylinders Inside – 17.5in x 24in
Tractive Effort 20,155lbf
Valve Gear Stephenson (slide valve)

The 2251 class were the last design of 0-6-0 tender engines to be built in Britain and had fairly large driving wheels at 5’2″, sharing a boiler with the 9400 heavy pannier tank locomotives being built in the 1940s.

 2251 2251 class
 9400 9400 class

These locomotives were designed for mixed traffic work to replace the Armstrong and Dean Goods engines which had carried the brunt of the work on the light absorbed lines in Central Wales. The 2251 class were used particularly on the steeply graded branch lines in Central and North Wales where their relatively high tractive effort, for a smaller engine, made them capable of good acceleration.

The 120 built were very similar to the Dean Goods 2301 class in frames, wheels and motion but they were fitted with a short tapered boiler with no dome. They had large side window cabs and could work over almost all the system. They were frequently used on passenger duties and were lively engines with a good turn of speed. 3218 was the first locomotive to be built at Swindon under the new BR ownership in 1948.

 2251 2251 class
 2301 2301 class Dean Goods

Some of the class were fitted with large tenders from withdrawn ROD locomotives whilst the majority had the smaller Churchward or Collett tenders.

2211 – 2240 were built during the war in 1940 – 1944 and were fitted without side cab windows to assist with the black-out regulations. They were later rebuilt with normal side cab windows.

Built

Withdrawn

No in Service

1930 2251 – 70           20                20
1934 2271 -80           10                30
1936 2281 – 90           10                40
1938 2291 – 99             9                49
1938 2200             1                50
1939 2201 – 10          10                60
1940 2211 – 30          20                80
1944 2231 – 40          10                90
1945 2241 – 50          10              100
1946 3200 – 9          10              110
1947 3210 – 17            8              118
1948 3218 – 19            2              120
1949 – 57              120
1958                1              119
1959              27                92
1960              10                82
1961                9                73
1962              20                53
1963              19                34
1964              19                15
1965              15

Withdrawals began in December 1958 when 2258 was taken out of service at Swindon having been in store there for a few months previously. The last 15 to be withdrawn were taken out of service in 1965 with the last being 2210 in June of that year. At the time the locomotive was based at Banbury which was a London Midland Region depot.

Banbury                         1
Exemouth Junction                         1
Gloucester                         2
Machynlleth                         3
Severn Tunnel                         1
Templecombe                         4
Worcester                         3
                      15

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