6998Built: 19494-6-0 - “Burton Agnes Hall”
6998 - 21st April 2000

A continuation of Collett's numerous and highly successful 'Hall' class, the 'Modified Halls' incorporate improved features introduced by his successor F W Hawksworth, as a prelude to his own new designs intended for post WW2 service. They ran throughout the Great Western system, and many survived until the end of BR Western Region steam.

For some time after nationalisation of the railways in 1948, the newly formed BR continued construction of certain of the established designs of the absorbed companies. The 'Hall' class was one of these, building of which was not completed until the end of 1950.

6998 emerged from Swindon Works in January 1949, going initially to Cardiff's Canton depot. It survived until withdrawal by BR from Oxford in January 1966 after being honoured as the engine chosen to work the Western Region's last steam-hauled passenger train. In markedly better condition than the other survivors, it was selected by the Society to represent the typical two cylinder Great Western tender locomotive, no others at that time being expected to survive.

Delivered in steam to the Society's Totnes depot in April 1966, it came to Didcot in November 1967. Here it has been in virtually continuous service, also with plenty of main line and preserved railways use, ever since. It was was withdrawn from service in 1996 and is stored complete awaiting its turn in the queue for overhaul.

6998 - 6998 - 6998 - 23rd July 1967 6998 - 17th April 2001

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Wheel Arrangement 4 - 6 - 0
Cylinders (2) 18.5 x 30 inches
Driving wheel diameter 6 feet 0 inches
Tractive Effort 27,275 pounds
Weight 122 tons 10cwt.
Coal Capacity 6 Tons
Water Capacity 4,000 gallons
Route Availability Red
Power Class D
Boiler type Standard No. 1
Boiler pressure 225 lbs/sq in
Barrel maximum dia. 5 feet 6 inches
Barrel length 14 feet 10 inches
Area of firegrate 27.1 sq ft
Heating surfaces, firebox 155 sq ft
Heating surfaces, tubes 1687 sq ft
Superheater Area 263 sq ft
CURRENT STATUS: Static Display


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