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British Rail Class 80
Power type Electric
Builder Metropolitan-Vickers
Build date 1951; rebuilt 1958
Configuration A1A-A1A
UIC classification (A1A)'(A1A)'
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Wheel diameter 3 ft 8 in (1.12 m)
Length 56 ft 6 in (17.22 m)
Width 8 ft 8+14 in (2.65 m)
Height 12 ft 10 in (3.91 m)
Locomotive weight 109 long tons (110.7 t)
Electric system(s) 25 kV AC
Current collection method Stone-Faiveley ‘V’-type pantograph, 1 off
Traction motors Metropolitan-Vickers, 4 off
Top speed 90 mph (145 km/h)
Tractive effort 40,000 lbf (178,000 N)
Train heating Electric Train Heating
Train brakes Vacuum
Career British Rail
Number E1000; E2001 from 1959
Axle load class Route availability
Retired April 1968
Disposition Sold for scrap to J. Cashmore, Great Bridge, 1973

Class 80 was the TOPS classification allocated by British Rail to the prototype 25 kV AC electric locomotive. This locomotive was built by Metropolitan-Vickers, initially as a prototype Gas turbine-electric locomotive, numbered 18100. British Rail allocated the number E1000 (and later E2001) to the locomotive following its conversion from gas turbine propulsion.

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