GWR 7802 Bradley Manor
7802 Bradley Manor is a GWRGreat Western Railway CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 7800 Manor class 4-6-0 locomotive
7802 Bradley Manor in service
The Manor Class 4-6-0 mixed traffic locomotive was designed as a lighter version of the GWRGreat Western Railway Grange Class, giving a wider Route Availability. The first 20, including all three at the SVRSevern Valley Railway, were built between 1938 and 1939 and incorporated parts from old GWRGreat Western Railway 4300 Class Moguls. BRBritish Rail or British Railways built a further 10 in 1950 and rated the class 5MTThe 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..
7802 was named after the manor house at Bradley near Newton Abbot, Devon. Initially delivered to London’s Old Oak Common Depot, 7802 soon moved to Bristol working cross country services around Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset and South Wales.
Post-War, 7802 was mainly based at ex-Cambrian sheds and was a well-known performer on 'The Cambrian Coast Express'. In late 1960, 7802 was joined there by sister engine 7812 Erlestoke Manor. Both locomotives were withdrawn at Shrewsbury on 6th November 1965, and both moved to Woodham’s scrapyard at BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation. in June 1966.
7802 Bradley Manor in preservation
Both 7812 and 7802 were acquired from BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation. by The Erlestoke Manor Fund. 7802 was purchased from BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation. in 1979. Restoration was finally completed in April 1993, and 7802 ran until August 2000, including a number of appearances on the main line (see below).
A quick overhaul was achieved by exchanging Erlestoke Manor’s boiler (withdrawn in 1985) with Bradley Manor’s, allowing a return to service (and main line working) for 7802 in May 2002. The engine is recorded as having surpassed 100,000 miles of running in preservation in 2009.
7802 Bradley Manor was withdrawn from service again at the end of the 2010 season, having accumulated over 110,000 miles in preservation, including working on the main line. Another overhaul was undertaken, with the chassis being overhauled at Tyseley Loco Works and the boiler overhauled in the SVR Bridgnorth Boilershop. This overhaul was completed in November 2015, the return to service coinciding with the 'Manor 50' weekend celebrating the end of steam on the Cambrian network.
Main line appearances
A full listing of Bradley Manor’s main line appearances while resident at the SVRSevern Valley Railway is as follows:
|Date||Tour name||Route||Notes||Web||SVRSevern Valley Railway News|
|29 Mar 1995||Bristol-Paignton + return||Test trip prior to summer season (Pete Waterman)||114-59|
|19 May 1995||Gloucester-Worcester-Kidderminster||D/H with 7325 to Worcester.||115-44|
|14 Oct 1995||Duchy Explorer||Bristol-Penzance||D/H with 70000 Britannia||117-2|
|20 Jan 1996||Teign Valley Wanderer||Stourbridge - Newton Abbot||117-7|
|17 Feb 1996||Newton Abbot-Plymouth||D/H with 5029 Nunney Castle||PSOV|
|24 Feb 1996||Plymouth-Newton Abbot||D/H with 5029 Nunney Castle||PSOV||119-39|
|16 Mar 1996||Totnes-Worcester||(single headed)||PSOV||119-39|
|22 Jan 2000||Flying Dutchman||Bristol Temple Meads - Plymouth - Bristol Temple Meads||SBJ|
|10 Aug 2003||Torbay Express||Bristol Temple Meads - Paignton - Kingswear||failed with hot box at Kingswear||SBJ||145-31|
|31 Aug 2003||Torbay Express||Bristol-Kingswear + return||UKS||145-31|
|07 Sep 2003||Torbay Express||Bristol-Kingswear + return||UKS||145-31|
|23 Oct 2004||Cambrian Coast Express||Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury||SBJ|
|28 Feb 2005||Staite Pullman||Taunton - Paignton - Tanton||D/H with 6024||SBJ|
|12 Mar 2005||Cambrian Coast Express||Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury||Replaced 42968||SBJ|
|16 Sep 2006||Cambrian Coast Express||Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury||EMF|
|10 Mar 2007||Cider Express||Hereford - Bishops Lydeard - Minehead - Bishops Lydeard||SBJ|
|28 Mar 2007||Severn Valley Wanderer||Bristol Temple Meads - Kidderminster||SBJ||Last run before OTMROn-Train Monitoring Recorder, a device similar in principle to the flight data recorder found on aircraft. became mandatory|
|For further information on sources and references, see The Severn Valley Railway on the main line|
Bradley Manor has used a 4000 gallon CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 tender in preservation (main picture above). Owning group The Erlestoke Manor Fund are constructing a more appropriate 3500 gallon ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922 tender for Bradley Manor using serviceable parts from the remains of a GWRGreat Western Railway 3500 gallon tender (No T2329) which they acquired in ex-Barry condition from the Llangollen Railway and owning group of ex-GWRGreat Western Railway PrairieLocomotive with a 2-6-2 wheel configuration tank 5532. In July 2011 it was duly delivered to Bewdley. The Fund have since set about recovering the re-useable parts including horns, axle boxes, some springs and spring brackets, rear steps, draw bars, some brake gear and brake cylinder parts together with various other parts such as tank filler and beading which eventually can be incorporated into the tender tank. They opted not to re-use the somewhat deteriorated tender frames or wheels, which will be available for resale elsewhere.. As of January 2019[update], work on this is continuing at Tyseley.Sister locomotive 7812 Erlestoke Manor already has a 3500 gallon tender, No T2334; the contrast in tender size may be seen in the picture below. In January 2018, this tender was detached prior to 7812's move to Tyseley for overhaul, with the 3500 gallon tender remaining at Bridgnorth to be repainted and paired 'temporarily' with 7802. The swap was completed in March 2018.
See alsoSteam Locomotives
The Severn Valley Railway on the main line
SVR-based locomotives visiting other events
- SVR Official Facebook Page, "Erlestoke Manor strikes gold", retrieved 30/08/2016
- EMF Newsletter 27 Setember 2011 (Retrieved 16 March 2019)
- EMF news January 2019 (Retrieved 16 March 2019)
- EMF Newsletter (Retrieved 15 March 2018)
- Collect GB Stamps (Retrieved 13 October 2018)