2884 2-8-0 GWR Collett 2884-2899 & 3800-3866

2884

Power Classification 8F
Introduced 1938 – 1942
Designer Collett
Company GWR
Weight – Loco 76t 5cwt
                Tender 40t 0cwt
Driving Wheels 4ft 7.5ins
Boiler Pressure 225psi
Cylinders Outside – 18.5in x 30in
Tractive Effort 35,380lbf
Valve Gear Stephenson (piston valve)

This was the Collett version of the 2800 class. Built 20 years after the last 2800 class locomotive was built. They were slightly heavier with large side-windowed cabs and outside steam pipes. There was a casing on the left hand side of the locomotive on the running plate (looking like a continuous splasher over the wheels) which was to store the fire-irons.

83 locomotives 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.

Twenty of the 2800 and 2884 class locomotives were rebuilt to oil burning during the coal crisis of 1947. They were renumbered in the 4800 series (causing the 4800 class of 0-4-2Ts to be renumbered in the 1400 series). By 1950 they were all converted back to coal burning with their original numbers.

They were so popular with the ex-Great Western crews that the 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.

Many of the standard 9F locomotives built in the later part of the 1950s were used to replace 2800 and 2884 class locomotives on the Western region of BR.

      2800 2800 class
 2884 2884 class
 92000 Standard 9F 92000 class

 

The standard 2-10-0s were withdrawn from duty on the Western Region in 1965 (including the last steam locomotive built 92220 Evening Star) but a number were reallocated to depots on the Southern, London Midland and Eastern Regions.

Built

Withdrawn

No in Service

1938 2884-99/3800-02             19               19
1939 3803 – 13             11               30
1940 3814 – 3831             18               48
1941 3832 – 3834               3               51
1942 3835 – 3866            32               83
1943 – 61               83
1962                1               82
1963              15               67
1964              33               34
1965              34                 0

The 2884 class remained in service later that the earlier 2800 class and only reduced significantly in numbers operating at the same time as the Standard 92000 class reduced.

2800 Class

2884 Class 92000 Class

Total

1954 -57             84            83                 8          175
1958             78            83               38          199
1959             49           83               54          186
1960             35           83               55          173
1961            34           83               51          168
1962            28           82               48          158
1963            10           67               30          107
1964              1           34              25            60
1965              0             0                0              0

The 92000 numbers reflect the class numbers based at Western Region depots at the end of each year.

Preservation

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