2885, GWR Class 28XX 2-8-0 as a static exhibit
Photographed on 9 March 2009 at Birmingham Moor Street station as I was returning to Sweden from the Severn Valley Railway Steam Gala.
2885 was built for the Great Western Railway in 1938 at Swindon Works. It was the second member of the 2884 class, which were built under C.B.Collett from 1938-42. The original 2800 class was designed by G.J.Churchward for heavy freight duties between 1903-19. The 2884's differed from the original engines in a number of respects, the most obvious one being that a more modern "Collett side window cab" was provided. In all, 167 locomotives were built. They were so popular with the ex-Great Western crews that the British Railways Western Region operating authorities wanted more of the class built after the 1948 nationalisation. However, this request was turned down in favour of B.R. standard 9Fs.
2885 was allocated to Stourbridge Junction, and was eventually sent to Barry for scrapping. It underwent cosmetic restoration at Tyseley Locomotive Works before being put on display at Moor Street station. It appears to be time for the vegetation growing on the running board to be removed and a repaint!
Picture added on 10 March 2009