British Rail Class 83

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British Railways AL3
British Rail Class 83
E3035 at Doncaster Works.JPG
Class 83, no. E3035, on display at Doncaster Works open day on 27th July 2003. This locomotive is preserved by the AC Locomotive Group at Barrow Hill Engine Shed.
Type and origin
Power type Electric
Builder English Electric at Vulcan Foundry
Build date 1960–1962
Total produced 15
Specifications
Configuration:
 • Whyte Bo-Bo
 • UIC Bo'Bo'
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Wheel diameter 4 ft 0 in (1.219 m)
Length 52 ft 6 in (16.00 m)
Adhesive weight 19 long tons (19 t)
Loco weight 76.40 long tons (77.63 t)
Electric system/s 25 kV AC
Current pickup(s) Pantograph
Traction motors 740 hp (550 kW) English Electric 532A, 4 off
Train heating Electric Train Heating
Train brakes Vacuum, Dual from 1972–1973
Performance figures
Top speed 100 mph (160 km/h)
Power output 2,950 hp (2,200 kW) 2200 kW (continuous)
Tractive effort 38,000 lbf (169 kN) 169 kN (max)
Career
Railroad(s) British Rail
Class AL3; later 83
Number E3034–E3035, E3097, E3098, E3100; later 83001–83015
Axle load class Route availability 6
Retired 1975 (1), 1978 (1), 1983 (10), 1989 (3)
Disposition One preserved, remainder scrapped


The British Rail Class 83 electric locomotives were built by English Electric at Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows as part of the West Coast Main Line electrification.