British Rail Class 31 facts for kids
|Brush Type 2
British Rail Class 31
|31289 at the Northampton & Lamport Railway, 22 April 2007|
|Gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
|Wheel diameter||Driving: 3 ft 7 in (1.092 m)
Idling: 3 ft 3 1⁄2 in (1.003 m)
|Minimum curve||4.5 chains (91 m)|
|Wheelbase||42 ft 10 in (13.06 m)|
|Length||56 ft 9 in (17.30 m)|
|Width||8 ft 9 in (2.67 m)|
|Height||12 ft 7 in (3.84 m)|
|Locomotive weight||106.7 long tons (108.4 t) to 113 long tons (115 t)|
|Fuel capacity||650 imp gal (3,000 l; 780 US gal)|
|Prime mover||Original: Mirrlees JVS12T
Rebuilt: English Electric 12SVT
|Transmission||DC generator, DC traction motors|
|Multiple working||D5500–D5519: ● Red Circle
Remainder: ★ Blue Star
|Top speed||D5500–5534: 80 mph (129 km/h)
Remainder: 90 mph (145 km/h)
|Power output||Engine: 1,470 bhp (1,100 kW)
At rail: 872 hp (650 kW)
|Tractive effort||Maximum: 35,900 lbf (159,691 N)|
|Train heating||31/0 & 31/1: Steam
31/4: Electric Train Heat
|Locomotive brakeforce||49 long tons-force (488 kN)|
|Number||D5500–D5699, D5800–D5862, later 31001–31970|
|Axle load class||Route availability 5|
Images for kids
31018, at the National Railway Museum in York, on 3 June 2004. This was the first locomotive of the Class to be built in 1957. It was withdrawn from service in 1976. It currently carries BR Blue livery. Note the absence of over-window head code panel, which were only omitted from the first few locomotives.
31271 Stratford 1840-2001, pictured on 3 June 2004 at the York Railfest held to celebrate the 200th anniversary of railways. The locomotive is preserved & based at the Midland Railway - Butterley but currently out-based at Nene Valley Railway. It carries Trainload Construction livery, and was named to commemorate the former locomotive depot at Stratford.
InterCity liveried 31414 running brake van rides on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.
Network Rail 31285 speeds through Rugeley working a test train.
31601 in Devon and Cornwall Railways green livery, working a Network Rail test train south of Chesterfield.
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