GWR 5600 class 6634
The GWRGreat Western Railway 5600 Class is a class of 0-6-2T steam locomotive designed by CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 and built between 1924 and 1928. They were based on the Rhymney Railway 1904 M class and 1909 R class locomotives. In 1923 the GWRGreat Western Railway absorbed a variety of locomotives from pre-Grouping Welsh railway companies, many of 0-6-2T configuration, and built two hundred locomotives of the 5600 class to replace part of that fleet. Numbered in the 5600 and 6600 series, most were built at Swindon, however 6650-6699 were built by Armstrong Whitworth in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The last of the class remained in service until the end of BRBritish Rail or British Railways(WR) steam in 1965. Nine of the class have survived into preservation.
6634 in service
6634 in preservation
6634 left BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation. in June 1981, the 131st locomotive to do so.
It is owned by The Waterman Railway Heritage Trust. The locomotive was resident on the SVRSevern Valley Railway between 2009 and 2017 but was never steamed.
On 19 August 2009 the ‘rolling chassis’ arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway for restoration from ex-Barry condition to be completed. SVRSevern Valley Railway News announced that the SVRSevern Valley Railway had reached an agreement with the owners to complete the overhaul of the ‘bottom end’ while Crewe completed the repair of the boiler. The SVRSevern Valley Railway would then bring the locomotive into use with it being run on the SVRSevern Valley Railway for ‘a period deemed fair by both parties’. The deal appeared favourable to the SVRSevern Valley Railway as it would not involve the boiler shop or require space in the works on the jacks. Work was subsequently carried out by the SVRSevern Valley Railway for a period after its arrival.
In 2010 it was reported boiler repairs were going well at LNWRLondon & North Western Railway Crewe, but by 2011 plans had changed and they were instead intending to use the boiler of 'Large PrairieLocomotive with a 2-6-2 wheel configuration' 4115, one of the “Barry Ten”. In Summer 2012 the boiler tubeplate was stolen from Crewe Heritage Centre with serious disruption to progress. By 2014 the SVRSevern Valley Railway reported that there was no progress or commitment on the boiler and the SVRSevern Valley Railway was seeking legal advice concerning the continued lack of progress in order to resolve this long running problem.
Peak Rail’s Press Release 12 May 2015 announced: “Dr Pete Waterman OBE DL is delighted to announce that he has reached an agreement with Peak Rail to base his Waterman Railway Heritage Trust assets at its Rowsley site”. Two of its locomotives were moved, but 6634 remained at the SVRSevern Valley Railway.The locomotive was transported by road from Bridgnorth to Peak Rail on 10 November 2017.
See alsoFormer Residents
The Waterman Railway Heritage Trust
- Railuk.info Barry Scrapyard Search Results
- SVRLive Steam Loco Situation - Summer 2012 
- SVRLive News updated 19 February 2014 
- SVRLive News updated 4 July 2014 
- Peak Rail Facebook 12 May 2015 
- SVRA Forum, accessed 10 November 2017