2-8-0 Class WD ROD Profile and Models

2-8-0 Class WD ROD

1718 at Couchil-le-temple, France in January 1919. ©Public Domain

The Railway Operating Division (ROD) ROD 2-8-0 is a type of 2-8-0 steam locomotive which was the standard heavy freight locomotive operated in Europe by the ROD during the First World War. During the First World War the Railway Operating Division of the Royal Engineers requisitioned about 600 locomotives of various types from thirteen United Kingdom railway companies; the first arrived in France in late 1916. As the war became prolonged it became clear that the ROD needed its own standard locomotive, so the ROD adopted the Great Central Railway Class 8K 2-8-0 designed by John G. Robinson in 1911. There were three batches of orders, with 521 built in total. The locomotives were mainly used to haul military supply and troop trains, plus some services for civilians. After the war British railway companies had a backlog of locomotives that required overhaul and repair: 498 ROD 2-8-0s were loaned to nine railway companies between 1919 and 1921 to cover goods traffic while the backlog was cleared. Three ROD 2-8-0s and one pre-war 8K have been preserved:

(Information provided via Wikipedia)

Type of Locomotive



North British Locomotive Co
Robert Stephenson & Co
Nasmyth, Wilson & Co
Kitson & Co
GCR Gorton Works

Build Date

1917 to 1919

Total Built


Tractive Effort

31,325 lbf

Wheel Configuration


Operated By

Railway Operating Division
War Department
Great Central Railway
Great Western Railway
London & South Western Railway
London & North Eastern Railway
London, Midland & Scottish Railway
British Railways
Richmond Vale Railway (Australia)

Main Duties

Heavy Freight
Wartime Use

In Service Until

1966 (UK)
1973 (Australia)

Surviving Examples



Products awaiting categorisation

Scale Brand Image Construction Type DCC Capability Product Code Product Title Livery
N Gauge Graham Farish 370-400Loco WD Austerity 2-8-0 No.400 "Sir Guy Williams" in LMR Blue. Split from Longmoor Military Railway Train Pack RTR/RTUse/Pre-assembled Not set 370-400Loco
WD Austerity 2-8-0 No.400 "Sir Guy Williams" in LMR Blue. Split from Longmoor Military Railway Train Pack Longmoor Military Railway