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Following another period out of service, the most recent overhaul was completed in late 2006 with an entry into service in early 2007.  In May of that year, 4566 was used on a steam-hauled revenue earning freight charter, taking a load of pipes to Trimpley Reservoir for Severn Trent Water.
 
Following another period out of service, the most recent overhaul was completed in late 2006 with an entry into service in early 2007.  In May of that year, 4566 was used on a steam-hauled revenue earning freight charter, taking a load of pipes to Trimpley Reservoir for Severn Trent Water.
  
4566 began this ticket in GWR green livery, but in early 2014 was repainted in BR black livery with the early ‘cycling lion’ crest. November 2016 marked 4566’s last gala appearance at the November ‘Season Finale’.  On 2 January 2017 4566 retired from service at the end of the boiler’s ’10-year ticket’.  {{As of|2018}} the locomotive is stored at [[Kidderminster Carriage Shed]].
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4566 began this ticket in GWR green livery, but in early 2014 was repainted in BR black livery with the early ‘cycling lion’ crest. November 2016 marked 4566’s last gala appearance at the November ‘Season Finale’.  On 2 January 2017 4566 retired from service at the end of the boiler’s ’10-year ticket’.   
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On 20 June 2018 4566 was moved from storage in [[Kidderminster Carriage Shed]] to be put on display in [[The Engine House]] at Highley.
  
 
4566 is owned by the [[4566 Group]].
 
4566 is owned by the [[4566 Group]].

Revision as of 15:58, 20 June 2018

GWRGreat Western Railway Small PrairieLocomotive with a 2-6-2 wheel configuration 4566
4566 20140316.jpg
4566 at Bridgnorth
Built By GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon Works
Configuration 2-6-2T
BRBritish Rail or British Railways rating 4MTThe 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 Static display
Loco Number 4566
History
Built 1924
Designed By George Jackson ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922
Type GWRGreat Western Railway 4500
1970 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society
1975 First steamed in preservation
1986 Re-entered service
2006 Re-entered service
2017 Retired from Service
Technical
Length 63ft 2¼"
Weight 57t
Tractive effort 21,250 lb
Pressure 200 lb/sq in

Steam Locomotives

4566 is a GWRGreat Western Railway ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922 4500 2-6-2T 'Small Prairie', a class of small mixed traffic locomotives mainly used on branch lines. They were a common sight on the Severn Valley Branch from the 1920s; the last use there being in 1961.[1] However, 4555 and 1420 visited the branch with an SLS railtour as far as Alveley Sidings on 19 September 1965. The 4500 Class were rated Yellow C under the GWR system of power and weight classification and 4MTThe 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. under the British Railways system. It used the 'Standard 5' GWRGreat Western Railway boiler.

4566 in service

4566 was built in Swindon in 1924 and entered service at Newton Abbot. Post-War, the locomotive worked in the far south west, including allocations to St. Ives and Penzance sheds. 4566 was notable for being the last steam locomotive overhauled at Newton Abbot works, completed on 15 July 1960, being ceremonially driven out of the works by the chairman of the local urban district council (a mainline diesel driver).[2]

The engine was withdrawn from BRBritish Rail or British Railways service at Plymouth Laira shed in April 1962 having achieved 967,914 miles in preservation,[1][3] arriving at Barry in August of that year.[4]

4566 in preservation

4566 was the 8th locomotive to leave BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation. and the first from there destined for the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society.[4] She arrived at Bewdley by rail, diesel hauled, on 25 August 1970.[5] Restoration at Bewdley began shortly afterwards, and was completed in time for the locomotive to enter service in July 1975, the 10th anniversary of the formation of the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society.[1] The following year 4566 was used in filming of Walt Disney's live action film Candleshoe, with the locomotive also appearing in the 1977 TV movie Silver Blaze.

By late 1979, 4566 had suffered a crack in the drag box and was also suffering from leaking boiler tubes,[6], leading to the locomotive being withdrawn for overhaul mid-way into her first ten year ‘ticket’. Having reached the front of the queue, the overhaul also included a new bunker, new side tanks and new slide bars,[7] and was eventually completed with a return to steam in June 1986.[8]

In 1988, 4566 made another TV appearance in Hannay. Two years later, Sunday 13 May 1990 saw the normal summertime Table C timetable in use, requiring 5 steam locomotives. The SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society achieved a rare ‘full house’ by rostering GWRGreat Western Railway 4566 along with SR 34027 Taw Valley, LMS 46443, LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway 3442 The Great Marquess and BR Standard 75069.

4566 spent the summer of 1991 on hire to the Llangollen Railway, evidently successfully as a repeat visit took place the following year. The last full year of this ticket, 1995, also involved a period of hire, this time to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway. 4566 was then withdrawn for overhaul at the beginning of 1996.

Following another period out of service, the most recent overhaul was completed in late 2006 with an entry into service in early 2007. In May of that year, 4566 was used on a steam-hauled revenue earning freight charter, taking a load of pipes to Trimpley Reservoir for Severn Trent Water.

4566 began this ticket in GWRGreat Western Railway green livery, but in early 2014 was repainted in BRBritish Rail or British Railways black livery with the early ‘cycling lion’ crest. November 2016 marked 4566’s last gala appearance at the November ‘Season Finale’. On 2 January 2017 4566 retired from service at the end of the boiler’s ’10-year ticket’.

On 20 June 2018 4566 was moved from storage in Kidderminster Carriage Shed to be put on display in The Engine House at Highley.

4566 is owned by the 4566 Group.

Gallery

See also

Steam Locomotives
SVR-based locomotives visiting other events

References

  1. 1.01.11.2 SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society Stock Book 9th Edition
  2. Didcot Railway Centre Facebook Page, retrieved 15 Jul 2016
  3. The Great Western Archive retrieved 27 January 2015,
  4. 4.04.1 The BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation. Story, Beckett & Hardingham (2010)
  5. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 18
  6. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 53-54
  7. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 79
  8. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 81

Links

GWR 4500 Class on Wikipedia