GWR 5700 Class 5775

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GWRGreat Western Railway 5700 Class 5775
GWR 0-6-0PT Pannier Tank (5775).jpg
5775 at the Worth Valley Railway
Built By Swindon
Configuration 0-6-0PT
Power class 4FThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. by BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W)
Loco Number 5775
Built 1929
Designed By Charles CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
Type GWRGreat Western Railway 5700
1963 Sold by BRBritish Rail or British Railways to LT and renumbered L89
1970 Entered preservation
Length 31ft 2"
Weight 47t 10cwt
Tractive effort 22,515 lb
Pressure 200 lb/sq in

Steam Locomotives

5775 is a GWRGreat Western Railway CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 5700 class 0-6-0PT 'pannier tank' of which there are two examples resident on the SVRSevern Valley Railway. A brief description of the 5700 Class is included in GWR Pannier 5764 (the other resident being 7714). 5775 spent a period on the SVRSevern Valley Railway in 1993-1994 on hire, which included an appearance at the Autumn Steam Gala, and under contract repairs.

5775 in service

5775 was built by the GWRGreat Western Railway at Swindon in 1929. Post-War it was based at Danygraig between 1948 and 1952, later moving to Carmarthen where it remained until May 1956. It was then transferred to Pontypool Road where it remained until withdrawn in July 1963.

BRBritish Rail or British Railways sold 13 pannier tanks, including 5775 and SVRSevern Valley Railway-resident 5764, to London Transport. LT used them mainly to run PWPermanent Way and engineering trains on their Metropolitan Lines, operating from their Neasden Depot and also from Lillie Bridge, Kensington. 5775 was renumbered L89; it was withdrawn and sold to preservation in 1970.

5775 in preservation

5775 was acquired by the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in 1970. It notably appeared in the 1971 film 'The Railway Children' in the brown livery of the fictional Great North & South Railway (GN&SRSouthern Railway), where it hauled the Old Gentleman's saloon and famously skidded to a halt as 'Bobby' (Jenny Agutter) successfully attracted the driver's attention to a landslip blocking the line. Since that time it has since appeared in London Transport and BRBritish Rail or British Railways Green liveries. As of 2024 it is still owned by the Worth Valley Railway and is out of service, cosmetically restored in GN&SRSouthern Railway livery[1].

5775 at the SVRSevern Valley Railway

5775 arrived in summer 1993 for what was described as ...a lengthy visit for purposes not entirely unconnected with the thirtieth anniversary, in September, of the Severn Valley line's closure (on Sunday 8 September 1963 the final 6.58pm Bridgnorth to Birmingham Snow Hill train, normally a diesel railcar service, was hauled by ex-GWRGreat Western Railway pannier tanks 9624 and 4665 carrying a 'Special Last Train' headboard). At the time 5775 carried the BRBritish Rail or British Railways green livery.[2] It was delivered facing south; the low-loader which delivered it was used to turn 5764 so it also faced south, thereby becoming one one of a number of locomotives which faced both north and south before the installation of Kidderminster Turntable.

After arrival, 5775 worked a Demonstration Goods Train on 27 June.[3] The Autumn Steam Gala included a triple-headed pannier train on 25 September, with 5775 piloted by 7714 and 5764. Following the gala, 5775 underwent a number of repairs as a contract job. These included machining the valve faces (slide valves) using the SVRSevern Valley Railway's own-designed and manufactured portable shaping machine, machining the valve buckles, casting, fitting and machining new slide valves, and rebuilding the front drag box.[4] At the time it was hoped that 5775 might also be able to participate in the 1994 Spring Steam Gala if the repairs were completed in time,[3] although in the event this did not take place.

See also


  1. Worth Valley Railway
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 107
  3. 3.0 3.1 SVRSevern Valley Railway News 109
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 108, 110