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Great Western Railway class 2301 “Dean Goods”
Great Britain | 1883 | 260 produced
No. 2483 in August 1949 with a passenger train at Llandidloes, Wales
No. 2483 in August 1949 with a passenger train at Llandidloes, Wales
Ben Brooksbank / No. 2483 at Llanidloes station 1949

A total of 260 class 2301 freight locomotives built for the GWR between 1883 and 1899 were also known as “Dean Goods” after their designer. They had a Belpaire firebox and, unlike previous GWR locomotives, only had an inside frame. Due to their high tractive power compared to four-coupled locomotives, they were also used for passenger and express trains. From 1908 they received new boilers and cylinders enlarged by half an inch. 20 of them were rebuilt into class 3901 tank locomotives with a 2-6-2T wheel arrangement. In both the First and Second World Wars, they were used by the ROD in France, among other places, and were then partly sent to other countries. British Railways took over 54 locomotives in 1948 and used them mainly on branch lines in Wales due to their low axle loads. The last machine was retired in May 1957.

Variantas builtrebuilt
Axle config0-6-0 (Six-coupled) 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length51 ft 2 3/8 in
Wheelbase15 ft 7 in
Fixed wheelbase15 ft 7 in
Service weight74,480 lbs82,430 lbs
Adhesive weight74,480 lbs82,430 lbs
Axle load29,120 lbs
Fuel capacitycoal
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power450 hp (336 kW)600 hp (447 kW)
Optimal speed22 mph21 mph
Starting effort13,313 lbf18,138 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter62 in
Boiler pressure140 psi180 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 17 x 24 intwo, 17 1/2 x 24 in
Grate area16.4 sq ft
Firebox area106.5 sq ft
Tube heating area1,143 sq ft
Evaporative heating area1,193 sq ft1,249.5 sq ft
Total heating area1,193 sq ft1,249.5 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
William Dean
last changed: 08/2023

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