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BR Number 18000
 
Gas Turbine Locomotive

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BR 18000 inside Tinsley depot on 19th February 1994.
 
This locomotive was ordered by the GWR under their lot number 372 in 1940 from Brown, Boveri et Cie of Switzerland, who assembled it at the SLM works in Wintertur.  Brown Boveri's works number for this locomotive was 4559 and the SLM works number was 3977.  Construction was delayed by the effects of the Second World War and the locomotive did not appear until11949.
 
 
         
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BR 18000 at Tinsley depot on 19th February 1994.  The locomotive's spoked wheels can be seen in this view.  In BR days the livery was black with a silver stripe along the bodyside and silver numbers.
 

       
 

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A1A-A1A
2,500 hp (1900 KW)
90 mph (145 kph)
115 tons
31,500 lbs (140000 N)
4' 0.25" (1226 mm)
3' 2" (965 mm)

 
       

 
Number 18000 was powered by a gas turbine "turboshaft" generator, which itself was started using a diesel motor.  She was used on BR's Western Region on express trains out of London's Paddington station.  The normal procedure was to save fuel by using only diesel power when moving the locomotive between Old Oak Common depot and Paddington.

 

         
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BR 18000 at Tinsley on 19th February 1994.  The locomotive was withdrawn from service in 1960 and stored for four years at Swindon before being exported for use in a UIC test train that visited various European countries.
  

       
  In 1975 she was put on display outside of the railway testing centre building at Vienna - Arsenal.  
       


 
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BR 18000 at Barrow Hill locomotive depot 31st August 2009. Photograph Jason Jennings.
 

 

BR 18000 at Didcot locomotive depot 7th August 2012.
 

 

BR 18000 at Didcot locomotive depot 7th August 2012.
 

 

BR 18000 at Didcot locomotive depot 7th August 2012.

 

     
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