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    UKP: BR Electric 82

    Electric Loco

    Class 82 AL2

    Not to be confused with Driving Van Trailers, which are also numbered 82xxx in the carriage numbering series.

    The British Rail Class 82 (AL2 under the pre-TOPS classification scheme) electric locomotives were designed by the British manufacturing interest Metropolitan-Vickers and produced by Beyer, Peacock and Company on behalf of British Rail (BR).

    The locomotive was developed as a part of the programme of works to electrify the West Coast Main Line during the late 1950s and early 1960s. BR deliberately opted to procure multiple small batches of locomotives from a range of manufacturers. Having selected a proposal by the Metropolitan-Vickers division of the British manufacturing interest Associated Electrical Industries (AEI), the Class 82 would be produced. A total of ten locomotives were built by Beyer, Peacock and Company between 1960 and 1962.

    The Class 82 proved to be a relatively reliable workhorse of the region, particularly following a refurbishment during the 1970s that saw the replacement of their rectifiers. The fleet served in their original capacity for roughly twenty years, being mostly withdrawn during the early 1980s following the arrival of newer types such as the British Rail Class 87. Following the final retirement of the Class 82 in 1987, a single example was preserved.

    System 25kV 50Hz AC
    Length 17.07m
    Width 2.67m
    Height 3.977m
    Introduced 1960
    Withdrawn 1987
    Wheel Arrangement Bo-Bo
    Builder Metropolitan-Vickers and Beyer, Peacock & Co. Ltd.
    Power 2460kW
    Weight 81t
    TE 222kN
    Max Speed 100mph
    Driving Wheel Dia 1.219m
    Wheelbase 12.42m

    Photo: Phil Hayward

    Number Altnumber Status Livery Depot Pool Base Owner In Service
    82008 E3054 P ICS BH ACXX Barrow Hill ACLG 12/1987 UK70/82