2-6-2T Standard Class 3MT BR Profile and Models

2-6-2T Standard Class 3MT BR

82009 at Crewe in July 1958. ©Ben Brooksbank

The BR Standard Class 3 2-6-2T was a class of steam locomotive designed by Robert Riddles for British Railways. It was essentially a hybrid design, the chassis being closely based on and sharing a number of parts with the LMS Ivatt Class 4, and having a boiler derived from the GWR Large Prairie 2-6-2T and 5600 Class 0-6-2T tank engines. From new, they were based on the Western Region, Southern Region, North Eastern Region and London Midland Region. The class had a short life as most of the work that they had been built for soon disappeared with the branch lines and the introduction of DMU services on shorter routes. None of the original members of the class has survived into preservation. However, the 82045 Steam Locomotive Trust, is building a "new" class 3 tank locomotive to carry the next number in line had it been built under BR auspices.

(Information provided via Wikipedia)

Type of Locomotive



BR Swindon Works

Build Dates

1952 to 1955

Total Built


Tractive Effort

21,490 lbf

Wheel Configuration


Operated By

British Railways

Main Duties

Local Passenger

In Service Until


Surviving Examples