British Rail Class 80

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British Rail Class 80
Type and origin
Power type Electric
Builder Metropolitan-Vickers
Build date 1951; rebuilt 1958
Specifications
Configuration:
 • Whyte A1A-A1A
 • UIC (A1A)'(A1A)'
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Wheel diameter 3 ft 8 in (1.12 m)
Length 56 ft 6 in (17.22 m)
Width 8 ft 8 14 in (2.65 m)
Height 12 ft 10 in (3.91 m)
Loco weight 109 long tons (110.7 t)
Electric system/s 25 kV AC
Current pickup(s) Stone-Faiveley ‘V’-type pantograph, 1 off
Traction motors Metropolitan-Vickers, 4 off
Train heating Electric Train Heating
Train brakes Vacuum
Performance figures
Top speed 90 mph (145 km/h)
Tractive effort 40,000 lbf (178,000 N)
Career
Railroad(s) British Rail
Number E1000; E2001 from 1959
Axle load class Route availability
Retired April 1968
Disposition Sold for scrap to J. Cashmore, Great Bridge, 1973

Class 80 [1] was the TOPS classification allocated by British Rail to the prototype 25 kV AC electric locomotive. This locomotive was built by Metropolitan-Vickers, initially as a prototype Gas turbine-electric locomotive, numbered 18100. British Rail allocated the number E1000 (and later E2001) to the locomotive following its conversion from gas turbine propulsion.

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