Great Western Railway 2-8-0 No. 2818
Swindon, Wiltshire, UK
Location: STEAM: Museum of the GWR
Status: Display
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Photo Copyright © Steve Frost
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Posted: Aug 21, 2018 @ 13:08:19 by Russell Newman
No. 2818 has arrived at STEAM: Museum of the GWR at Swindon its new home there.
Posted: Aug 10, 2018 @ 12:08:25 by Russell Newman
A date has been set for 2818s move to her new home at the STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon which will be on August the 21st 2018.
Posted: Aug 11, 2017 @ 12:08:12 by Russell Newman
In some very surprising news GWR 2800 Class 2-8-0 No. 2818 has become another locomotive given away by the NRM. No 2818 has been donated to STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon. The locomotive will move back to its birth place and new home later in the year.
Posted: Jun 24, 2007 @ 18:06:46 by Steve Frost
When George Jackson Churchward became Chief Mechanical engineer of the Great Western Railway, some of the most significant and modern locomotives emerged from Swindon works. This was Churchward's classic freight loco for the GWR and it set the standard for UK freight locos for generations to come, being built over a long period up to the 1940's. Even then they could competete very successfully with more recent designs from other companies, and they lasted in service until 1965. That alone speaks for the usefulness of this class. It looks so modern that it's hard to believe that it dates from 1905!

Notice how Churcward adopted ideas from elsewhere. The American influence is clear in the construction of the cylinder blocks - cast in two halves and bolted up back to back at the front of the main frames with extension frames leading to the buffer beam. The bracing of the front of the loco up to the boiler was mirrored in countless US locos. Equally American is the inside Stephenson's motion operating the valves of the big outside cylinders via rocking levers. The boiler uses a Belpaire firebox with a conical barrel a feature that would mark most subsequent GWR designs and appear on the LMS in the 1930's and on BR Standard locos to the end of UK construction. Such was the influence of the GWR designs of the Churchward era.

Don't be critical of the album photo. The lighting in that part of the NRM makes getting a well lit photo very difficult. The present primary photo was much easier to get, in the open whilst visiting Shildon.