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The British Railways Standard 3-MT “77xxx” Class 2-6-0 and “82xxx” Class 2-6-2T locomotives were designed and built at Swindon making use of a Swindon No. 2 Boiler shortened by 513/16 inches and fitted with a dome. With 5 ft. 3 in. driving wheels, 17½ in. x 26 in. cylinders, and 200 psi boiler pressure they packed a tractive effort of 21,490 lb., making them both faster and marginally more powerful than the Great Western 45xx Small Prairie Tanks, and considerably more satisfactory than the greatly underboilered Stanier 3-MT Prairie Tanks, of which it could be said that even their predecessors, the Fowler 3-MT Prairie Tanks were superior. A total of 45 of these locomotives, Nos. 82000-82044, were built between 1952 and 1955. It had been intended to build 63 in all, but owing to dieselisation the order was cut back to 45. For the same reason, although they had been built for a projected working life of 40 years, the class was extinct after less than 15 years, and the shortest lived member lasted less than nine years. I remember standing on the crossing in 1956 at Holsworthy station on the Bude branch and staring awestruck at a practically brand new 3-MT tank (perhaps No. 82025) which was heading up the Bude branch train. These engines, together with the 3-MT 77000 Moguls, were Swindon's last contribution to steam locomotive design. Though the class is currently extinct, The 82045 Steam Locomotive Trust is building a new one for use on the Severn Valley Railway.
3MT Class 2-6-2T No. 82000, built at Swindon in April 1952. Image courtesy of The New Society for the Diffusion of Knowledge
3MT Class 2-6-2T No. 82009, built at Swindon in June 1952, at Crewe station on 19 July 1958 . Image © copyright Ben Brooksbank and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons License
3MT Class 2-6-2T No. 82026, built at Swindon in November 1954, on station pilot duty in Waterloo station in 1965. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
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