GWR 2389 Collett 4000 gallon

GWR 2389 Collett 4000 gallon

GWR  2389 Collett 4000 gallon
GWR 2389 Collett 4000 gallon


Present Location Swindon Museum
Designed For GWR
Type & Original Water Capacity Collett 4000 gallon
Original Coal Capacity (tons) 6
Chassis Type Collett 3 axle (later type)
Wheelbase 7ft 6in + 7ft 6in
Gauge 4ft 8 1/2in
Current Water Capacity (gallons) 4000
Current Coal Capacity (tons) 6
Scoop Fitted Yes
Allocated To 6000 GWR King class 4-6-0
First Number See notes
Present Number 2389
Owner National Railway Museum
Status Static Exhibit
Notes Not known if tank has been replaced since preservation. The true identity of this tender has not been confirmed at present but it is almost certainly not number 2389. According to information in the 1931 GWR Tender Register (RAIL 254/340) 2389 was the tender that travelled with locomotive 6000 to the Baltimore & Ohio Rly in 1927. The WR Condemned Locos, Boilers & Tenders book for 1962-1964 (Rail 254/158) has it withdrawn from use in October 1963 having last been used with GWR Modified Hall class 4-6-0 no. 7922 and a note in the same document indicates the intention to be put with loco 6000. However photos of tender 2389 shortly before withdrawal show it has early style Collett frames not the late style fitted to the current tender. A small plate attached to the front of the frames of the current tender states "experiment No. W/SW/L/96 tender No. 2873 hexagon headed spring hangers and rocking washers". 2873 was built with late Collett frames and this may well represent the true identity of the tender.
Photo by Mike Haddon
Photo Date 06/11/2013
Date Record Last Updated 08/09/2021



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