Living Museum of the Great Western Railway

4709 - 47xx Class

Churchward's last great masterpiece, the 47XX mixed traffic 2-8-0, is among the most iconic locomotives ever produced for the Great Western Railway. Only nine of these huge locomotives were built, primarily for fast overnight freight work, earning them the nickname 'Night Owls'.

Ironically the heyday for the class only came in the post-nationalisation years when the potential of these locomotives for use on heavy Summer Saturday passenger trains was recognised. In regognition of this they were turned out in fully lined BR passenger green livery.

None of the class survived, but over the years many people have expressed a desire to see a 47XX 2-8-0 in action again. Now the Great Western Society is creating a new member of the class, No 4709.

Download the 4709 appeal leaflet (426kb .pdf document)

Status
Under Construction
Wheel arrangement
2 - 8 - 0
Route availability
Red
Barrel diameter
5 feet 6 inches
Barrel length
14 feet 10 inches
Boiler pressure
225 lbs/sq in
Boiler type
Standard No. 7
Coal capacity
6 Tons
Cylinders
(2) 19 x 30 inches
Heating surfaces, firebox
169.75 sq ft
Firegate
30.28 sq ft
Power class
D
Superheater area
323.9 sq ft
Tractive effort
30,460 pounds
Heating surfaces, tubes
2062.35 sq ft
Water capacity
4,000 gallons
Weight
82 tons
Wheel diameter
5 feet 8 inches

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