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British Railways AL3
British Rail Class 83
Class 83, no. E3035, on display at Doncaster Works open day on 27th July 2003. This locomotive is preserved by the AC Locomotive Group at Barrow Hill Engine Shed.
Power type Electric
Builder English Electric at Vulcan Foundry
Build date 1960–1962
Total production 15
Configuration Bo-Bo
UIC classification Bo'Bo'
Gauge ft 8+12 in (1,435 mmstandard gauge
Wheel diameter 4 ft 0 in (1.219 m)
Length 52 ft 6 in (16.00 m)
Weight on drivers 19 long tons (19 t)
Locomotive weight 76.40 long tons (77.63 t)
Electric system(s) 25 kV AC
Current collection method Pantograph
Traction motors 740 hp (550 kW) English Electric 532A, 4 off
Top speed 100 mph (160 km/h)
Power output 2,950 hp (2,200 kW) 2200 kW (continuous)
Tractive effort 38,000 lbf (169 kN) 169 kN (max)
Train heating Electric Train Heating
Train brakes Vacuum, Dual from 1972–1973
Career British Rail
Class AL3; later 83
Number E3034–E3035, E3097, E3098, E3100; later 83001–83015
Axle load class Route availability 6
Retired 1975 (1), 1978 (1), 1983 (10), 1989 (3)
Disposition One preserved, remainder scrapped

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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