GWR 5600 Class 6695

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GWRGreat Western Railway 5600 Class 6695
Built By GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon Works
Configuration 0-6-2T
Power 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.
Status Operational
Loco Number 6695
Built 1928
Designed By Charles CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
Type GWRGreat Western Railway 5600
1964 Withdrawn from traffic
1979 Left BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation.
2006 Returned to steam
2022 Overhaul completed
Weight 69t 7cwt
Tractive effort 25,800 lb
Pressure 200 lb/sq in

Steam Locomotives

A brief description of the 5600 Class is included in GWR 5600 class 6634.

6695 in service

6695 was built for the GWRGreat Western Railway by ArmstrongJoseph Armstrong, Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon Superintendent of the Great Western Railway 1864-1877 Whitworth in Scotswood-on-Tyne in October 1928 to lot number 255 and works number 983. it was originally deployed to Tyseley and Leamington hauling outer suburban passenger services from Birmingham's Snow Hill station to Stratford-upon-Avon and Leamington. Between 1934 and 1939, 6695 was transferred to freight work at Oxley and Wolverhampton Stafford Road. At the outbreak of war 6695 was transferred to Swansea East Docks and spent the rest of its career employed on local passenger and freight work in South Wales. 6695 hauled the last scheduled through passenger train from Neath General to Treherbert. 6695 was withdrawn from service from Cardiff Cathays shed during week ending 4 July 1964 and was sold on 24 August, moving to Barry Scrapyard in September.[1]

6695 in preservation

The 5600 Tank Fund was launched in 1977, and The 6695 Locomotive Group was formed during 1995 to formalise No 6695 and its affairs. 6695 left BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation. in May 1979, the 99th locomotive to do so.[2] It moved initially to the embryonic Swanage Railway in May 1979. By 2005 Southern Locomotives Limited were overhauling the locomotive under contract.[3] It returned to steam in 2006.[4] In April 2017 The West Somerset Railway announced an agreement to take the locomotive on long-term loan for a period of 25 years upon completion of its current 10-year overhaul. By 2019 however it had arrived on the Swindon & Cricklade Railway, where it was in steam by 2022[5].

6695 on the SVRSevern Valley Railway

6695 was hired by the SVR during Winter 2009 to Spring 2010, appearing at the Spring Steam Gala

See also

Steam Locomotives visiting the SVR for galas
Steam Locomotives hired by the SVR
Classes of locomotives used on the Severn Valley Branch in commercial service


  2. Barry Scrapyard Search Results
  3. Southern Locomotives Limited
  4. BBC News 'Man who saved loco becomes driver', 15 March 2006 (Retrieved 7 April 2018)
  5. National Preservation


GWR 5600 Class on Wikipedia
GWR 5600 Class on Great Western Archive