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Hornby R3124X: Early BR 2-8-0T No.4266 42XX
Running Number: 4266
The Class 42XX was a steam locomotive designed by George Jackson Churchward CBE, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway (GWR) from 1902 until 1922.
Due to the increase in mineral traffic in South Wales there was a demand for a powerful locomotive capable of handling very heavy loads. Class 42XX was developed and built especially for moving this heavy freight on short haul trips between the coal mines and ports in South Wales.
The locomotives weighed 82tons 2cwt and had a fuel capacity of 4tons with a water capacity of 1800 Imperial gallons. The locomotive was fitted with Stephenson (Piston valve) Gear, and produced a boiler pressure of 200psi with a tractive effort of 33,170lbs plus two 18" x 30" outside cylinders. A total of 60 of these 2-8-0 tank engines were built at the GWR Works in Swindon between 1912 and 1923.
In 1923 a variant, known as 5205 Class was developed, which had larger 19" x 30" cylinders, outside steam pipes and an increased tractive effort. Fourteen of the Class were rebuilt as Class 7200 2-8-2T tank locomotives to increase their operating capabilities and these were renumbered as 7240 - 7253 respectively. The total build of both Classes was 105, of which 91 were passed to the newly formed British Railways in 1948.
Locomotive No. 4224 was the first of the Class to be withdrawn in February 1959, with the last being No. 4268 in August 1965. Three of the Class are preserved.
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5 Pole Skew Wound
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- NEM Couplings