4200 Class 2-8-0T tank engine
Churchward design for heavy duty freight working
In preservation 4277 is called HERCULES
Heritage & Preserved Steam Locomotive Engines
Great Western Railway 4200 Class No. 4277 is a preserved British steam locomotive of a powerful tank engine design by Churchward and built at Swindon Works in 1920.
In preservation it has been named Hercules, but this is not an authentic name!
When built 4277 was painted in unlined green livery with "Great Western" on the tank sides, but from 1934 a round GWR logo replaced the lettering, and this in turn was replaced in 1942 by the letters "G W R". In 1948 tank locomotive 4277 passed into British Railways ownership and was given the power classification 7F (powerful for a tank engine!). In BR ownership 4277's livery was unlined black, not as attractive as the green livery.
Tank engine 4277 spent most of its working life in South Wales on freight trains and was withdrawn in 1964 from Aberbeeg Shed and moved to Woodham Brothers scrapyard in Barry, Glamorgan and remained there rusting for 20 years. BUT, in 1986 4277 was privately purchased and in 2008 was sold to the Dartmouth Steam Railway where locomotive 4277 was then painted in lined GWR Brunswick Green livery. In August 2008 4277 was named Hercules, the nameplates being located on the smokebox.
Ex GWR powerful tank engine 4277 at Grosmont Shed working on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (year ?)
2-8-0T tank engine 4277 was built at Swindon in 1920:
Technical detail specifications of steam locomotive GWR steam locomotive 4277:
Boiler pressure of GWR steam locomotive 4277: 200 lbf/sq.in. superheated,
Weight of GWR steam locomotive 4277: loco 81.6 tons, Wheel diameter of GWR steam locomotive 4277: 3' 2'', 4' 7½",
Valve gear of GWR steam locomotive 4277: Stephenson piston valves,
Cylinders of GWR steam locomotive 4277 (diameter x stroke): 18½" x 30" (O),
Tractive effort of GWR steam locomotive 4277: 31450 lbf., Power classification of GWR steam locomotive 4277: Class E 7F
GWR tank engine 4277 at Grosmont shed with 34101 Hartland (currently being rebuilt' at Grosmont 2018-2019)
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