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Bachmann 31-979: BR Standard Class 3MT Tank 82001 BR Lined Black Early Emblem
BR Standard Class 3MT
- fireman's tools included
- working cab roof hatch
The British Railways Standard Class 3MT was designed and built at the ex-GWR works at Swindon, along with the 2-6-0 version of the class. Forty-five engines were built and numbered 82000-82044 between 1952 and 1955. The class is quite different to many of the other BR Standard designs, which were developments of LMS types. The LMS boilers available would not suit a Class 3 loco, so it was decided to use an adapted variant of the Swindon No.2 boiler as fitted to the GWR Large Prairie and 56XX 0-6-2 tanks. It was altered by shortening the barrel slightly and adding a dome.
The Standard Class 3 tanks were not in service for long as most of their main duties disappeared with the closure of branch lines and the introduction of DMU services. The class were allocated other tasks across the railway network, surviving until the end of the steam era. When first delivered, the class carried the BR lined black livery. The Western Region locos received the unlined green livery from 1957 onwards, whilst class members of other regions (Southern and North-Eastern) retained the lined black livery until withdrawn. The last of the locomotives was scrapped in 1968, with none surviving into preservation. The 82045 Locomotive Fund is building the next member of the 3MT tank class for heritage line use.