Hornby R2917: BR 2-8-0 2800 Class

Manufacturer's Description

The Class 2800 was designed by George Jackson Churchward CBE, Chief Engineer with the Great Western Railway, for heavy freight work, the first 2-8-0 class in Great Britain.

Originally numbered as Class '97' they first appeared in 1903 and after two years of trials full production began in 1905 continuing until 1919, during which time 84 locomotives were produced. After the two year trial a higher pitch boiler was fitted and the tender was changed from the original 4,000 gallon to 3,500 imperial gallons which became more or less standard for the Class. These locomotives remained the principal long haul freight engines throughout the 1920s, 30s and beyond.

Over the years modifications were made including replacing the internal steam pipes with external ones, improving weight distribution, increasing the length of the smoke box and fitting larger diameter chimneys.

Due to coal shortages between 1945 and 1947 the government asked GWR to experiment with oil fired engines and eight of the Class were converted and re-classified as 4800. The experiment was abandoned in 1948 when the high cost of maintenance and imported oil became apparent.

The Class stood up well in trials against newer engines in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and it was not until the appearance in 1954 of the British Rail Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 that it was bettered as a mineral haulage locomotive.

British Rail began withdrawing the Class in 1958 but the Class continued in freight service until 1965. Sixty years of service proving the excellence of Churchward's original design and all but six of the Class were scrapped.

Locomotive 2810, modelled here, was outshopped on the 31st October 1905 from GWR Swindon and continued working until it was withdrawn on September 30th 1959. The locomotive was cut up at British Rail Swindon on 31st December 1959.

  • Class: 2800
  • Designer: G. J. Churchward
  • Entered Service: 1903
  • Number Built: 84
  • Purpose: Heavy Long Distance Freight
  • Wheel Configuration: 2-8-0
  • Dimensions: 256mm
  • Motor: 5 Pole Skew Wound. Loco Drive
  • DCC Ready: DCC Ready
  • Livery: Late BR
  • Detail: Extensive Cab Detail
  • Finish: Pristine

Special Features

  • Sprung Buffers
  • Extensive Detail
  • Brake rods
  • Loco drive
  • Tender Detail

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