GWR 5700 Class 3650

GWR 5700 Class 3650
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3650 at Bridgnorth, August 2012
Built By Swindon
Configuration 0-6-0PT
Power class 4F by BR(W)
Loco Number 3650
Built 1939
Designed By Charles Collett
Type GWR 5700
1963 Sold by BR to Stephenson Clarke Ltd
1969 Entered preservation
Length 31ft 2"
Weight 47t 10cwt
Tractive effort 22,515 lb
Pressure 200 lb/sq in

Steam Locomotives

3650 is a GWR Collett 5700 class 0-6-0PT ‘pannier tank’ of which there are two examples resident on the SVR. A brief description of the 5700 Class is included in GWR Pannier 5764 (the other resident being 7714).


3650 in service


3650 was built at Swindon and outshopped in December 1939, as part of lot No 325 at a cost of £2,844, and was allocated to Tyseley.

It started its period of operation under BR ownership in 1948 still based there, before several moves in the 1950s. It was withdrawn from service from Neath Court Sart in September 1963.[1]

Industrial service

In 1963, 3650 was disposed of to Stephenson Clarke Ltd. (P.D.Fuels Ltd.), a private colliery operator at Gwaun-cae-Gurwen in South Wales, where it was painted blue with red lettering along the tanks.

3650 in preservation

3650 was sold to a private owner in October 1969 and after a spell at Hereford, moved to Didcot the following year. Originally 3650 was bought as a source of spares, but it returned to steam in 2008.

3650 at the SVR

3650 arrived in July 2012 on hire. Having been booked with a cover leaking, investigation showed a long-term cracked cylinder block. This was stitched with Metalock, the owners allowing the locomotive to take part in the Autumn Gala in thanks.

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