Woodhams of Barry

British Railways standard classes

A BR standard class 4 2-6-0 No. 76017

The BR class 9F freight locos were arguably one of the finest steam designs ever produced.  The final steam locomotive built for BR was No. 92220 Evening Star, last of a class of 251.  This is No. 92240, withdrawn from traffic after only 8 years service.

There was a need for BR to build a modern tank locomotive to replace some of the ancient designs still in traffic in the early 50's.  The result was the introduction of these capable 2-6-4 tank locomotives numbered in the 80000 series.  A total of 155 were built and large numbers of them were scrapped at Barry - a consequence of the spread of suburban electrification.

80097 is flanked by 80098 and 80080.

Seen above are 80080, 80079 and 80135.

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