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GWR Pannier 1501

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|years2 = 1970
|events2 = Acquired by SVR
|years3 = 1979|events3 = First entered service|years4 = 2012|events4 = Re-entered service
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|weight = 58t 4cwt
}}1501 is the only surviving example of a GWR 1500 class 0-6-0PT shunting engine. Although a GWR Hawksworth design, 1501 was built at Swindon by the Western Region of British Railways in 1949, two years after nationalisation. The class , of which only 10 were built, was classified as 4F by BR. Unlike the SVR’s other panniers, 1501 has outside cylinders.
==1501 in service==
1501’s working life was spent ===British Railways===1501 entered service on 31 July 1979<ref name = "BRD"></ref> at SouthallLondon’s Old Oak Common, where duties included hauling long rakes of empty coaching stock in and out of Paddington Station. It On 30 November 1950<ref name = "BRD" /> the locomotive was reallocated to Southall for local shunting duties.  The BR modernisation programme led to a swift replacement of the 1500 class by 350hp diesel shunters, and 1501 was withdrawn from service at Southall by BR in January 1961 <ref name = "BRD" /> after a working life of just 11 years 5 months. Following withdrawal, 1501 was moved to Swindon. Two other class members, 1502 and 1509, were also moved to Swindon after withdrawal from Didcot and Newport respectively, and was one of in February 1961 all three were sold to the National Coal Board .<ref name = "StockBook">SVR Stock Book 9th Edition</ref>  ===National Coal Board===In June 1961 all three locomotives were towed by rail via Bagnalls at Stafford to the Andrew Barclay works at Kilmarnock for repairs and a repaint into unlined maroon livery. Later in the year they returned by road to the colliery at Keresley, Coventry where, still carrying their BR numbers, they worked in the NCB sidings and on the two mile branch line to the Coventry to Nuneaton line at Three Spires Junction. 1969 saw the locomotives once again replaced by diesel shunters, with 1501 the last of the three in use until September of that year.<ref name = "StockBook" /> <gallery>File: S1504_1501_David_Cooke.jpg|1501 at Coventry 1969 (David Cooke)</gallery>
==1501 in preservation==
In Autumn 1970 all All three 1500 class locomotives were acquired from Coventry Colliery inspected during 1969 and reserved by members of the Warwickshire Railway Society and SVR. After this inspection and consultation with NCB staff, 1501 was selected for use preservation on the SVRand an appeal for funds appeared in the Autumn 1969 edition of SVR News. <ref>SVR News 14</ref> The other two were used as a source of parts for restoring 1501 and other ex-GWR locomotives lacking fittings at Barry following vandalism, after which the remains were sold for scrap and cut up at Cashmores, Great Bridge in October 1970.<ref name = "StockBook" />  1501 was initially moved towed by rail from Coventry to Tyseley in July 1970 for wheel turning, before a further move to Bewdley, both moves being by rail behind a dieselto Bewdley on 17 October 1970. During the latter move, excessive speed caused damage to one of 1501’s axle boxes.  A lengthy restoration was undertaken, initially at Bridgnorth but mainly at Bewdley, largely through the endeavours of the 15xx Pannier Tank Fund with financial assistance from the Warwickshire Railway Society. Following this restoration, 1501 was first steamed on 29 May 1997.<ref name = "StockBook" /> Over the next 10 years the locomotive was re-tyred but otherwise served a full ‘ticket’ before being taken out of service at the end of 2006. 1501 then became one of the first group of locomotives to be displayed in the [[The other two NCB locos (1502 and 1509) Engine House | Engine House]] from opening in March 2008.<ref>SVR News 161</ref> During 2009, plans for an overhaul of [[BR Riddles 4MT 75069 | 75069]] were used delayed after a review of the boiler revealed that significant work would be required.<ref>SVR News 168</ref> 1501 was seen as a source of parts potential quick turnaround,<ref>SVR News 169</ref> and the locomotive left the Engine House in October 2009<ref>Wikipedia</ref> to begin an overhaul. 1501 was steamed again on 15 August 2012, re-entering service in BR lined black livery which, although not normally appropriate for restoring shunting engines, was carried by 1503 and 1505 while at Old Oak Common.<ref>SVR News 179</ref> In service on the SVR, 1501; has proved a powerful locomotive for its size, acquiring the remains were then scrappednickname “the raging bull”. The locomotive is owned by the [[15xx Pannier Tank Trust]]. It is supported by the ‘1501 Pannier Tank Association’, Registered Charity No. 1134477. The charity's aims are to "provide support and financial assistance for the preservation of steam locomotive 1501."<ref>[ The Charity Commission register of charities]</ref>
In service on the SVR==Trivia==As noted above, 1501 has proved is a powerful locomotive for its sizemember of the GWR 1500 class, acquiring also referred to as the nickname “the raging bull”15xx Class. 108 0-6-0T tank engines of the 645 Class were built at the GWR’s Wolverhampton works between 1872 and 1881. The locomotive is owned by last 72 of these featured a revised design; the [[15xx Pannier Tank Trust]]first of which was numbered 1501. It This modified sub-class is supported by the ‘1501 Pannier Tank Association’, Registered Charity No. 1134477. The charity's aims are therefore sometimes referred to "provide support and financial assistance for as the preservation of steam locomotive 1501“1501 Class”."<ref>http[ The Charity Commission register of charitiesGWR_645_Class 645 Class on Wikipedia]</ref>
==See also==
[[Steam Locomotives]]<br>
[[List of preservation groups]]
<references />
[https GWR 1500 Class on Wikipedia]<br>[ 1501 on BRDatabase.Info]
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