Living Museum of the Great Western Railway

7202 - 72xx Class

In the years of the depression, coal traffic in South Wales decreased, and the need for short-journey heavy tank locomotives of the 42xx class diminished. At the same time old goods engines of the 2600 'Aberdare' class were becoming worn out. Collett therefore adapted some of the 42xx engines, which were very strong, to give longer range. This was done by extending the length of the frames at the rear by over 4ft, by enlarging the coal bunker and adding a pair of trailing wheels. Altogether 54 engines were thus dealt with.

7202, the third engine so altered, was adapted from 42xx No. 5277, built in 1926. 7202 entered service in September 1934. It was sent to Ebbw Junction in South Wales, ending its working life at Barry BR depot, from where it was shunted into Woodham Bros. yard for cutting up.

The locomotive was purchased by the Great Western Society on 1st January 1973 from Woodhams of Barry and brought to Didcot in April 1974, where it is gradually being returned to working order.

Under Restoration
Build date
Wheel arrangement
2 - 8 - 2T
Route availability
Barrel diameter
5 feet 6 inches
Barrel length
11 feet
Boiler pressure
200 lbs/sq in
Boiler type
Standard No. 4
Coal capacity
6 Tons
(2) 19 x 30 inches
Heating surfaces, firebox
128.72 sq ft
20.56 sq ft
Power class
Superheater area
191.79 sq ft
Tractive effort
33,170 pounds
Heating surfaces, tubes
1349.64 sq ft
Water capacity
2,500 gallons
92 tons 12cwt.
Wheel diameter
4 feet 7.5 inches

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