Swindon and Cricklade Railway is pleased to announce the visit of Swindon built 42XX class 2-8-0 tank 4247 to the Railway.
Which, returning to (almost) its “birthplace”, is particularly apt during the year celebrating 175 years since the founding of the Swindon works, and will take part in a mixed running gala on the Swindon and Cricklade Railway. Read more about the gala HERE
Built in 1916 at a cost of £2,918, the principal role of this class was working the 1,000 plus ton coal trains from the pits to the ports in South Wales, a job which required a high tractive effort, due to the train weights and steep gradients, and good steaming capabilities.
Whilst the majority of the class worked predominantly in South Wales a few locomotives, including No 4247, also spent time on similar work on china clay trains in Cornwall.
During its career with the GWR and, later, British Railways the locomotive was based in South Wales, but also worked out of St Blazey shed in the 1950s. It was withdrawn in 1964, ending up in Woodham’s scrapyard in Barry.
4247 was rescued from there by the 4247 Preservation Society in 1985. After an extensive restoration, the engine returned to steam in 2001, and since then it has worked on several heritage railways.
The visit, courtesy of the Bodmin and Wenford Railway, means the locomotive will be at the SCR for three weekends.
The first weekend of 16/17 April, sees the locomotive take the star turn during the railway’s “Mixed Running Gala” weekend, when a further five or more diesel locomotives will also be running.
The following weekend sees the locomotive operating the normal train services on both days, and the final weekend is the three day bank holiday “Kids Go Free” weekend.
The locomotive arrived at Blunsdon on Wednesday 13 April, which you can see in the gallery below.
For further details, please call 01793 771615, or visit the website: www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org