BR 3MT 82045

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BRBritish Rail or British Railways 3MTThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. 82045
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A member of 82045's class, BRBritish Rail or British Railways 3MTThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. 82009, on the SVRSevern Valley Railway in 1959
Built By 82045 Steam Locomotive Trust, Bridgnorth
Configuration 2-6-2T
Power class 3MTThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic.
Status Under construction
Loco Number 82045
History
Built Under construction
Designed By Robert RiddlesRobert Arthur "Robin" Riddles, Member of the Railway Executive for Mechanical and Electrical Engineering responsible for the design of the British Rail Standard Class locomotives
Type BRBritish Rail or British Railways Standard 3MTThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. Tank
1998 82045 project began
Technical
Length 40ft 10½"
Weight 74t 1cwt
Tractive effort 21,490 lb
Pressure 200 lb/sq in

Steam Locomotives

The 82045 Steam Locomotive Trust is building a new locomotive of the RiddlesRobert Arthur "Robin" Riddles, Member of the Railway Executive for Mechanical and Electrical Engineering responsible for the design of the British Rail Standard Class locomotives BRBritish Rail or British Railways 3MTThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. 2‑6‑2T class, none of which survived into preservation. A number of members of this class of tank engines hauled services on the SVRSevern Valley Railway during the BRBritish Rail or British Railways era.

The 82xxx class

Most of the ‘BRBritish Rail or British Railways Standards’ were essentially a development of the similar LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway type. However while the 3MTThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. 2‑6‑2T chassis design was closely based on the LMS Ivatt Class 4, the boiler design was derived from the GWRGreat Western Railway No. 2 boiler as fitted to the GWR Large Prairie 2-6-2T.[1]

45 of these locomotives, numbered 82000-82044, were built at BRBritish Rail or British Railways’s Swindon works between 1952 and 1955. All 45 began service in lined black livery, but many of those that worked on the BRBritish Rail or British Railways Western Region were later repainted in lined green or latterly in unlined green livery.[2]

A further 18 of the class were to have been built, but the order for these was cancelled as part of BRBritish Rail or British Railways’s Modernisation Plan. The closure of branch lines such as the Severn Valley and the replacement of steam by DMUDiesel Multiple Unit services ultimately led to the withdrawal from service of those already built. None survived into preservation.

New build locomotive 82045

82045 at Bridgnorth, March 2019
The locomotive is being constructed at Bridgnorth Loco Works. It has been given the number 82045, which would have been allocated to the next class member had the Modernisation Plan not intervened. 82045's frame plates arrived at the SVRSevern Valley Railway in 23 April 2007.

Progress

Progress on construction at March 2019 can be seen in the picture (right). The Trust issues news updates on its website with progress reports. After over a decade of working in the open, 82045 was moved into the Works on 23 January 2019.

The SVRSevern Valley Railway want 82045 in service as soon as possible, and the Trust decided to put more work out to contract. In July 2022 it reached an in-principle agreement with SVR Engineering (ESMP) to contract some work to the Railway, using ESMPEngineering Services, Motive Power.’s resources to add to the Trust’s volunteering efforts.[3]

The boiler and firebox are being assembled at boiler shop.[4] Earlier, the project was one of those that suffered in 2011 from the theft of copper sheets that had been cut to size for the firebox.

On 17 April 2018, 82045 became a rolling chassis when the locomotive was wheeled at Bridgnorth.

On 23 October 2021 the SVRSevern Valley Railway released a video on its YouTube channel, 'Resurrecting a lost class with 82045' in which the Trust hoped for a completion date of 'later in 2023'.

On 6 December 2021 it became a 2-6-2 for the first time, when fitted with its front and rear pony trucks[5].

The Trust has also sourced some common components with the Bluebell Railway Standard Class 2 Project which is building BRBritish Rail or British Railways Class 2MTThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. 2-6-2 Tank Locomotive No 84030.

In 2011 the project was the beneficiary of SVRASevern Valley Railway Association's 'Cylinders for 82045' raffle. Including donations the gross income was over £21.000 with a net surplus of around £17,000.[6] In 2016 it was the Guarantee Company's "Slidebars and Crossheads" raffle which, in combination with an appeal to shareholders and further boosted by cash donations, generated over £30,000 for 82045.[7]

Livery

The Trust’s website notes that "As 82045 was destined for the WR had it been built as planned in 1956, it was decided that the loco when finished should appear in the attractive Swindon-inspired livery of dark green, lined out in orange and black. A subsequent repaint into lined black hasn't been ruled out, though."

Model

In 2018 the Trust produced a limited number of models of 82045. By May 2019 only two models remained on display at Bridgnorth Station Shop.

Gallery

See also

References

  1. Wikipedia
  2. 82045 Steam Locomotive Trust web site
  3. Taylor, Neil, 'Chairman’s Chat – Number 1 - July 2022', 82045 SLT website, July 2022 (Retrieved 15 August 2022)
  4. 82045 News, April 2018 (Retrieved 26 April 2018)
  5. Branch Lines, December 2021
  6. SVR Forum (Retrieved 23 March 2019)
  7. News Update - September 2016, The 82045 SLT website (Retrieved 23 March 2019)

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