GWR 7819 Hinton Manor
|GWR 7819 Hinton Manor|
7819 Hinton Manor at Kidderminster, August 2018
|Built By||GWR Swindon Works|
|Power class||GWR: D, BR: 5MT|
|Axle load class||GWR: Blue|
|Designed By||Charles Benjamin Collett|
|1973||Purchased by The Hinton Manor Fund|
|1977||First steamed in preservation|
|1995||Withdrawn for overhaul|
|Tractive effort||27,340 lb|
|Pressure||225 lb/sq in|
7819 Hinton Manor is a GWR Collett 7800 Manor class 4-6-0 mixed traffic locomotive.
7819 Hinton Manor in service
The Manor Class 4-6-0 mixed traffic locomotive was designed as a lighter version of the GWR Grange Class, giving a wider Route Availability. The first 20, of which Hinton Manor was the last, were built between 1938 and 1939 and incorporated parts from old GWR 4300 Class Moguls. BR built a further 10 in 1950 and rated the class 5MT.
7819 was named after the manor house at Hinton Waldrist near Oxford. Built in 1939, 7819 began life at Carmarthen, moving to Oswestry in July 1943. Apart from periodic transfers to Whitchurch, this remained 7819’s principal home for the next 20 years.
In March 1963, 7819 moved to Machynlleth. 7819 regularly headed the ‘Cambrian Coast Express’ from Shrewsbury and on 10 August 1963 double-headed the Royal Train with 7822 for HM The Queen's visit to Pwllheli.
7819 moved to Shrewsbury in January 1965, before being withdrawn by BR at the end of the same year.
7819 Hinton Manor in preservation
7819 arrived at the SVR from Barry Scrapyard in 1973, having been bought through the Hinton Manor Fund, with SVR Company help.
In spring 1977 a raffle organised by the SVRA Wolverhampton Branch was held to raise funds to buy fittings and restore the tender. Restoration was completed in the late summer of 1977, and 7819 was a prolific performer in the years that followed both on the SVR and the main line. The latter included the GW150 celebrations in 1985, when 7819 travelled to Plymouth, Swindon, Avonmouth and Newport, and also the 1987 Cambrian Cardigan Bay Express special service steam services between Machynlleth and Pwllheli where 7819 became the first steam locomotive in more than 20 years to haul a passenger service on this section of the Cambrian Coast Line. A full list of main line appearances is given below.
|Date||Tour name||Route||Notes||Web||SVR News|
|07 Apr 1985||Great Western Limited||Bristol - Taunton (1) - Tiverton Jn(2) - Exeter St Davids(3) - Plymouth(4)||(1)D/H with 6000, (2)Solo, (3)Diesel Assisted, (4)L/E||SBJ||76-12|
|08 Apr 1985||Great Western Limited||Plymouth - Bristol Temple Meads||D/H with 4930 Hagley Hall||SBJ||76-12|
|26 May 1985||GW150 Portishead Shuttles||Bristol Temple Meads - Portishead return||Hauled first Steam Special on Spring Bank Holiday weekend||80-40|
|13 Aug 1985||GW150 Celebrations Excursions||Swindon Gloucester - Swindon||Various other runs around this time (pool of 7 locos used)||SBJ|
|21 Aug 1985||GW150 Celebrations Excursions||Swindon Gloucester - Swindon|
|24 May 1987||Machynlleth - Barmouth + return||Supplement to longer railtour||86-37|
|25 May 1987||Cardigan Bay Express||Machynlleth - Barmouth + return x2||SBJ||85-33|
|26 May 1987||Cardigan Bay Express||Machynlleth - Barmouth + return x2||85-33|
|27 May 1987||Cardigan Bay Express||Machynlleth - Barmouth + return x2||SBJ||85-33|
|31 May 1987||Barmouth Bay Express||Machynlleth - Barmouth + return||Supplement to longer railtour||SBJ||85-33|
|20 Jul 1987||Cardigan Bay Express||Machynlleth - Barmouth + return x2||86-38|
|21 Jul 1987||Cardigan Bay Express||Machynlleth - Barmouth + return x2||85-11|
|22 Jul 1987||Cardigan Bay Express||Machynlleth - Barmouth + return x2||85-11|
|26 Jul 1987||Cardigan Bay Express||Machynlleth - Pwllheli + return||85-11|
|02 Aug 1987||Cardigan Bay Express||Machynlleth - Barmouth + return x2||SBJ||86-39|
|16 Aug 1987||Cardigan Bay Express||Machynlleth - Aberystwyth + return||86-39|
|18 Aug 1987||Cardigan Bay Express||Machynlleth - Barmouth + return x2|| SBJ
John Hill's Facebook post 21 February 2020
|19 Aug 1987||Cardigan Bay Express||Machynlleth - Barmouth + return x2||86-40|
|23 Aug 1987||Cardigan Bay Express||Machynlleth - Barmouth + return x2||SBJ|
|30 Aug 1987||Cardigan Bay Express||Machynlleth - Barmouth + return x2||SBJ|
|16 Jun 1991||Cambrian Limited||Shrewsbury - Barmouth||(75069 worked the return leg)||SBJ||100-38|
|23 Jun 1991||Cambrian Limited||Shrewsbury - Barmouth||(75069 worked the return leg)||SBJ||100-38|
|22 Sep 1991||?? Via Talerddig||Videoscene|
|29 Sep 1991||Shrewsbury-Machynlleth||Videoscene, Mainline 91 Volume 2||101-25|
|For further information on sources and references, see The Severn Valley Railway on the main line|
In 1990 7819 conveyed HRH The Duke of Gloucester from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth for the official opening of the railway's boiler repair shop. The Duke drove 7819 for part of the journey. The locomotive also made the first operational entry into platform 2 at Kidderminster when it was brought into use on 25 November of that year.
7819 featured in an episode of the BBC drama series The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries broadcast in 1993.
Following a loan to the Nene Valley Railway in 1994, 7819 was placed in storage awaiting major repairs on 7 January 1995. After a period in store in the open the locomotive was cosmetically restored and placed on static display in the McArthurGlen shopping complex, Swindon. It returned to the SVR on 21 August 2018 and moved to static display at The Engine House in March 2019. The 'footplate' is accessible to allow visitors to climb aboard and learn how to operate a steam locomotive, and for weddings and civil ceremonies.
The locomotive was owned by the Hinton Manor Fund of which SVR Wolverhampton Branch was the major shareholder. It is now owned by The SVR Charitable Trust, having been formally transferred from the Hinton Manor Fund for a nominal sum in April 2004.The Branch was the sponsor of the 2010 Autumn SVR raffle which was called “Fittings Fit for a Manor” to overhaul or replace worn out cab fittings as appropriate.
The Severn Valley Railway on the main line
SVR-based locomotives visiting other events
- SVR News 45
- SVR News 198
- 'Platform' magazine, 2018 Issue 4, p.7
- SVR News 147 and SVR Wolverhampton Branch (retrieved 6 January 2017)
- 7819 Hinton Manor Branch Support, SVRA Wolverhampton Branch website (Retrieved 23 March 2019)