British Rail Class 80

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British Rail Class 80
Type and origin
Power typeElectric
Build date1951; rebuilt 1958
 • WhyteA1A-A1A
 • UIC(A1A)'(A1A)'
Gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Wheel diameter3 ft 8 in (1.12 m)
Length56 ft 6 in (17.22 m)
Width8 ft 8+14 in (2.65 m)
Height12 ft 10 in (3.91 m)
Loco weight109 long tons (110.7 t)
Electric system/s25 kV AC
Current pickup(s)Stone-Faiveley ‘V’-type pantograph, 1 off
Traction motorsMetropolitan-Vickers, 4 off
Train heatingElectric Train Heating
Train brakesVacuum
Performance figures
Top speed90 mph (145 km/h)
Tractive effort40,000 lbf (178,000 N)
Railroad(s)British Rail
NumberE1000; E2001 from 1959
Axle load classRoute availability
RetiredApril 1968
DispositionSold 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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