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Keywords:2-8-0T, GWR, Steam, Wales, colour
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Date modified17-Jul-16 09:07
4243 1964-04-18 Tondu

4243 1964-04-18 Tondu

An unusual but nicely composed image of one of Mr. Churchward's Heavy Mineral Tank Locomotives in the shape of 4243 basking in the sunshine here at Tondu Depot in 1964 .
Tondu Motive Power Depot dated back to 1889 , being constructed by the Great Western Railway and replacing a smaller and much ealier establishment going back to 1865 and the days of the Ogmore Valley Railway .
This class of large 2-8-0 Tank locomotives was introduced in 1910 to cover the needs of the developing South Wales mineral traffic and was the Tank Engine version of the "2800 " class of 2-8-0 tender engines which had come into service some seven years or so earlier.
The prototype of the class had been 4201 which had been introduced in 1910 , with the production versions coming from Swindon Works in 1912 with enlarged coal bunkers capable of holding three and a half tons of coal.
Following the post war decline in the 1920's of mineral traffic a number were rebuilt with extended rear frames , a larger coal bunker and an additional rear pony truck , but 4243 remained in its original condition during its working life.