British Rail 18100

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British Rail 18100
Type and origin
Power typeGas turbine-electric
BuilderMetropolitan Vickers, Trafford Park
Order numberGWR Lot 388
Build date1951
Specifications
Configuration:
 • UICCo'Co'
Gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Wheel diameter3 ft 8 in (1.118 m)
Wheelbase53 ft 0 in (16.15 m)
Length66 ft 9 14 in (20.35 m)
Width9 ft 0 in (2.74 m)
Height12 ft 10 in (3.91 m)
Loco weight129.50 long tons (131.58 t)
GeneratorMetropolitan-Vickers, 3 off
Traction motorsMetropolitan-Vickers, 6 off
TransmissionDC generators
DC traction motors
Train heatingSpanner steam generator
Train brakesVacuum
Performance figures
Top speed90 mph (145 km/h)
Power output3,000 hp (2,240 kW)
At rail: 2,450 hp (1,830 kW)
Tractive effort60,000 lbf (266.89 kN)
Career
Railroad(s)British Railways
Power classBR Type 5
Last run1954
RetiredDecember 1957
DispositionRebuilt to 25 kV electric locomotive E1000 (E2001 from 1959)

British Rail 18100 was a prototype main line gas turbine-electric locomotive built for British Railways in 1951. It was built by Metropolitan Vickers, Manchester. It was ordered by the Great Western Railway in the 1940s, but construction was delayed by World War II. It spent its working life on the Western Region of British Railways, operating express passenger services from London Paddington station.

Rebuilding[change | change source]

It was rebuilt as an electric locomotive in 1958 and became British Rail Class 80. It was scrapped in 1973.