BR Standard Class 8

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BR Standard Class 8
Power type Steam
Designer Robert Riddles
Builder BR Crewe Works
Build date 1954
Total production 1
Configuration 4-6-2 (Pacific)
Gauge 4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm)
Leading wheel diameter 3 ft 0 in (0.914 m)
Driver diameter 6 ft 2 in (1.880 m)
Trailing wheel diameter 3 ft 3 12 in (1.003 m)
Length 67 ft 8 in (22.5 m)
Locomotive weight 101.25 long tons (102.87 t)
Tender weight BR1E: 55.50 long tons (56.39 t)
BR1J: 53.70 long tons (54.56 t)
Fuel type coal
Fuel capacity 10 tons (10.16 tonnes)
Water capacity 4,325 imp. gal (19,661.83 litres) (with BR1J tender)
Boiler pressure 250 lbf/in² (11.97 kPa)
Cylinders 3
Cylinder size 19 in × 28 in (455mm × 710mm)
Tractive effort 39,080 lbf (173.836 kN)
Career London Midland Region of British Railways
Class 8P
Locale Great Britain

The BR Standard Class 8 was a class of 4-6-2 Pacific steam locomotive made by Robert Riddles for use by British Railways. Only an example was made. It was named Duke of Gloucester. It was made at Crewe Works in 1954. It is known as the Duke. It was a replacement for the destroyed Princess Royal Class vehicle number 46202 Princess Anne. It was involved in the Harrow and Wealdstone rail disaster of 1952.

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References[change | edit source]

  • 'British Railways standard 3 cylinder 4-6-2 express passenger steam locomotive No. 71000' (HMSO, British Transport Commission: London, 1957), p. [58] (Performance and efficiency tests, Bulletin No. 15)
  • 'British Railways standard class "8" locomotives' (Engineer: 1954, 197, 81)
  • 'B.R. class 8 4-6-2 locomotive No. 71000' (Locomotive, Railway Carriage and Wagon Review: 1954, 60)
  • 'British Railways prototype class '8" express passenger locomotive' (Railway Magazine: 1954, 100)
  • Clarke, David: Riddles Class 6/7 Standard Pacifics (Locomotives in Detail volume 5) (Ian Allan: Hinckley, 2006) ISBN 0711031770
  • Herring, Peter: Classic British Steam Locomotives (Abbeydale Press: London, 2000) Section "BR Standard Class 8" ISBN 1861470576
  • Hopkins, Danny and Streeter, Tony: 'The Duke's Bad Day' (Steam Railway Magazine: 2007, 338)
  • Langston, Keith: Made in Crewe: 150 Years of Engineering Excellence (Mortons Media: Horncastle, 2006), ISBN 0955286808
  • Nock, O.S.: 'Performance and efficiency tests on B.R. class 8 locomotive' (Engineer: 1957, 204)

Further reading[change | edit source]

  • Gilbert, Dr. P. T. (Ed.): A Detailed History Of BR Standard Steam Locomotives. Volume 1. Background to Standardisation and Pacific Classes (Railway Correspondence & Travel Society (RCTS): 1994) ISBN 0-901115-81-9

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