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British Rail 18100
Power type Gas turbine-electric
Builder Metropolitan Vickers, Trafford Park
Order number GWR Lot 388
Build date 1951
UIC classification Co'Co'
Gauge ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm)
Wheel diameter 3 ft 8 in (1.118 m)
Wheelbase 53 ft 0 in (16.15 m)
Length 66 ft 9 14 in (20.35 m)
Width 9 ft 0 in (2.74 m)
Height 12 ft 10 in (3.91 m)
Locomotive weight 129.50 long tons (131.58 t)
Generator Metropolitan-Vickers, 3 off
Traction motors Metropolitan-Vickers, 6 off
Transmission DC generators
DC traction motors
Top speed 90 mph (145 km/h)
Power output 3,000 hp (2,240 kW)
At rail: 2,450 hp (1,830 kW)
Tractive effort 60,000 lbf (266.89 kN)
Train heating Spanner steam generator
Train brakes Vacuum
Career British Railways
Power class BR Type 5
Last run 1954
Retired December 1957
Disposition Rebuilt to 25 kV electric locomotive E1000 (E2001 from 1959)

British Rail 18100 was a prototype main line gas turbine-electric locomotive built for British Railways in 1951. It was built by Metropolitan Vickers, Manchester. It was ordered by the Great Western Railway in the 1940s, but construction was delayed by World War II. It spent its working life on the Western Region of British Railways, operating express passenger services from London Paddington station.

Rebuilding

It was rebuilt as an electric locomotive in 1958 and became British Rail Class 80. It was scrapped in 1973.

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