Ex BR 2-6-0 Standard Class 2MT
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Ex BR standard 2-6-0 2MT steam locomotive 78018 (light engine) passing south through Quorn and Woodhouse station, Great Central Railway heritage weekend 'Railways at Work' (GCR August 2023) 78018 is carrying shed code 51F West Auckland
Ex BR standard 2-6-0 2MT steam locomotive 78018, heading north approaching Quorn and Woodhouse station with a demonstration freight train, Great Central Railway heritage weekend 'Railways at Work' (GCR August 2023)
Great Central Railway: Ex British Railways BR standard class 2MT 2-6-0 78018 (built at Darlington Works in 1954 to a BR standard design by Robert Riddles).
2MT 78018 was designed to haul light freight trains and light branch line passenger trains (mixed traffic class).
Technical detail specifications of locomotive 78018: Boiler pressure of 78018: 200 lbf/sq.in. super heated,
Weight of 78018: loco 49.3 tons, tender 36.9 tons, Wheel diameter of 78018: 3' 0'', 5' 0",
Valve gear of 78018: Walschaerts piston valves, Cylinders (diameter x stroke) of 78018: 16½" x 24" (),
Tractive effort of 78018: 18510 lbf., BR Power classification of 78018: Class 2MT, Route availability RA ?
78018 leads a double-header from Bury Bolton Street station to Rawtenstall (East Lancashire Railway Spring Steam Gala 2019)
The smoke from 78018 beautifully obscures West Country 34092! (East Lancashire Railway Spring Steam Gala 2019)
BR standard Class 2MT steam locomotive 78018 was built in 1953 at Darlington North Road Works and entered traffic 1954, and allocated to West Auckland Shed (County Durham). Then 78018 was moved to Kirkby Stephen, where it worked trains from Tebay to Barnard Castle on the Stainmore Railway. It was while on this line that 78018 became famous by getting stuck in a snow drift in February 1955 when it was hauling a Kirkby Stephen to West Auckland goods across the bleak and steeply graded line when it became stuck in the snowdrift. It was not reached by the snowplough until two days later by which time it had become frozen solid. It was eventually rescued by fellow 'comrade' 78019!
Great to see 78018 altogether now at Loughborough (Sept. 2017)
Profile of 2MT 2-6-0 78018
The chassis of 78018 in the GCR workshop (Loughborough, June 2015)
Hopefully 78018 now look like this from 2019 onwards, and it does !!!!
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