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British Rail Class 83

British Rail Class 83
Class 83, no. E3035, on display at Doncaster Works open day on 27 July 2003. This locomotive is preserved by the AC Locomotive Group at Barrow Hill Engine Shed.
NameBritish Railways AL3
British Rail Class 83
PowertypeElectric
CaptionClass 83, no. E3035, on display at Doncaster Works open day on 27 July 2003. This locomotive is preserved by the AC Locomotive Group at Barrow Hill Engine Shed.
BuilderEnglish Electric at Vulcan Foundry
Builddate1960 1962
Totalproduction15
WhytetypeBo-Bo
UicclassBo'Bo'
Gaugeussgal=onallk=on
Wheeldiameter4 ft 0 in
Length52 ft 6 in
Weightondrivers19 LT
Locoweight76.40 LT
Electricsystem25 kV AC
CollectionmethodPantograph
Tractionmotors740 hp English Electric 532A, 4 off
Topspeed100 mph
Poweroutput2950 hp 2200 kW (continuous)
Tractiveeffort38000 lbf 169 kN (max)
TrainbrakesVacuum, Dual from 1972 1973
TrainheatingElectric Train Heating
RailroadBritish Rail
RailroadclassAL3; later 83
RoadnumberE3024 E3035, E3098-E3100; later 83001 83015
AxleloadclassRoute availability 6
Retiredate1975 (1), 1978 (1), 1983 (10), 1989 (3)
DispositionOne preserved, remainder scrapped

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The British Rail Class 83 electric locomotives were built by English Electric at Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows as part of the West Coast Main Line electrification.


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