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GWR Churchward "4300" Class 2-6-0


General
Designer Churchward
Introduced 1911
Big Four Great Western Railway
Description (1957) Churchward mixed traffic 2-6-0's, with 5' 8" wheels, built between 1911 and 1932. The class originally ran complete from 4300-4399, 5300-5399, 6300-6399, 7300-7321 and 9300-9319. In 1928 most of the 5300 series underwent slight modifications and were given corresponding numbers in the 8300's. From 1944 onwards these gradually reverted to their original 5300 numbers and all had been so altered by January 1948, with the exception of No. 8393, which ran with this number until September 1948 when it eventually reverted to No. 5393. Further inroads have occurred since 1948, chiefly to the 4300 and 5300 series, but in 1958 there were nearly 200 of the class still in service, the 7300 and 9300 series being still intact. In October 1956 it was decided to alter the numbers of 9300-9319 to 7322-7341, and this renumbering is now in progress.
Wheels 2-6-0
Number Built as 4300 342
First in Service 06/1911
Last in Service 11/1964
Manufacturers
ManufacturerTotal
Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn Ltd 35
Swindon Works 307
Orders
BuilderSponsorOrder #DateSize
Swindon Works  183 1911 20
Swindon Works  193 1913 10
Swindon Works  194 1913 10
Swindon Works  198 1913 20
Swindon Works  202 1915 20
Swindon Works  204 1916 20
Swindon Works  205 1916 10
Swindon Works  206 1917 20
Swindon Works  207 1917 20
Swindon Works  208 1918 20
Swindon Works  209 1919 20
Swindon Works  211 1920 28
Swindon Works  212 1921 24
Swindon Works  222 1921 15
Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn LtdSwindon Works n/a (SW 218) 1921 35
Swindon Works  216 1923 20
Swindon Works  230 1925 10
Swindon Works  276 1932 20

Power
43xx 83xx 93xx
Variant Introduced 1911 1928 1932
Miscellaneous Differences   Weights added to front of locomotives in an attempt to reduce flang wear on the sharp Devon lines. This put the locomotives into the Red route availability. The weights were removed during World War 2 as more 'Blue' RA locomotives were needed. Side window cabs, outside steam pipes and a screw reverse. Slightly heavier than standard 43xx so given a red route availabilty

Wheels
43xx 83xx 93xx

Dimensions
43xx 83xx 93xx

Boiler & Firebox
43xx 83xx 93xx