GWR 6100 Class

GWR 6100 Class

Infobox Locomotive
powertype=Steam
name = GWR 6100 Class


caption = 6165 at Reading with a train of mineral wagons, May 1964
designer = Collett
builder = GWR
builddate = 1931-1935
totalproduction = 70
whytetype = 2-6-2
gauge = 4' 8½"
leadingsize =
driversize = 5' 8"
length =
weight = 78 tons 9 cwt
fueltype = coal
fuelc

waterc

cylindercount = two outside
cylindersize = 18" x 30"
firearea =
boilerpressure = 225 psi
tractiveeffort = 27,340 lbf
railroadclass= 4MT|

The GWR 6100 Class is a class of prairie tank locomotives, designed by Charles Collett, and of the 2-6-2T arrangement.

They were introduced in 1931 and were a straightforward development of the earlier 5101 Class (and for that matter the 1905 GWR 3100 Class) with little more than an increased boiler pressure of 225 psi to distinguish them from their ancestors.

There were seventy in the class, built in two batches in 1931-1933 and 1935. They were frequently referred to by trainspotters as 'Tanner One-ers'- being a reference to their '61xx' numbering sequence using colloquial terms for a sixpence and a penny.

ervice

They were specifically built for commuter services in the London area where they replaced the ageing GWR 2221 Class on these services. They lasted to the end of steam on the Western Region of British Railways in 1965, never straying far from their home turf. Typical duties were Paddington to Aylesbury via High Wycombe, and from the same terminus to Oxford, Windsor, Reading and Basingstoke. They were mainly shedded at Old Oak Common, Southall, Slough, Reading and Aylesbury throughout their lives. In the early 1960's, the advent of the first generation diesel multiple units made them semi-redundant though generally far from worn out. Their last few years saw them on more menial duties as in the photograph (top right) until scrapping.

Preservation

One, 6106, has survived into preservation, and is at Didcot Railway Centre, though currently non operational.

External links

* [http://www.railuk.co.uk/steam/getsteamclass.php?item=6100 Rail UK database entry for 6100 Class]


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