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1450 was built at Swindon in July 1935 – Withdrawn from Exmouth shed in May 1965

1450 was built by the GWR at Swindon in 1935 as no 4850 at a cost of £2255, including £497 for the boiler, and spent much of her working life shedded at Oxford working the Abingdon branch. In January 1952, it was moved to Slough shed, where it remained until 1961 when it returned to Oxford.

In 1962 it came west to Exeter and then Taunton in 1963 before transfer to the Southern Region and being tried on the steeply graded former London & South Western Railway Axminster to Lyme Regis branch. 1450 was withdrawn from Exmouth Junction shed in May 1965, having covered 823,012 miles, and purchased by the Dart Valley Railway and moved to Buckfastleigh.

It became one of the mainstays of the line in the early days of preservation and worked throughout the seventies and eighties between Buckfastliegh and Totnes, before being sold by the DVR to Mike Little and Barry Cordell in 1991.

It then spent ten years on the Dean Forest Railway before moving to the Severn Valley Railway in 2014.

It has now restored it to main line standards and teamed it up with auto coach no 178. 1450 can now been seen at a number of preserved railways throughout the country but is currently based at the Severn Valley Railway although it is too small to be used there on a regular basis.

It was planned that the locomotive would remain at Bridgnorth until its boiler ticket expired in April 2020. The hope in January 2020 was that the locomotive would be granted an extension that would enable it to run at the SVR gala in September 2020.

In April 2020 it was stated that the boiler certificate had been extended until at least the SVR Autumn Steam Gala and possibly until the end of 2020. The locomotive could have steamed up to 60 times during the extension period but the number of steaming days was curtailed due to Covid-19. The actual last day in service for the locomotive was in early December 2020.

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Severn Valley RailwayAwaiting overhaulPull Push Ltd
1450 on Oxford shed – April 1962
1450 at Exeter St Davids with a train for the Exe Valley – August 1962
1450 at Bickleigh – 1963
1450 leaving Tiverton for Dulverton with an Exe Valley service – 1963
1450 at Hemyock on the line to Tiverton Junction a month before passenger trains ceased on the line – August 1963
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1450 at Buckfastleigh-July 1968
1450 on the West Somerset Railway – March 2005
1450 at Didcot – May 2010
1450 at Quorn & Woodhouse on the Great Central Railway – January 2011
1450 at Bridgnorth on the Severn Valley Railway – March 2013
1450 at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway – March 2013
1450 at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway – March 2014
1450 at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway – March 2014
1450 on the Mid Hants Railway – October 2014
1450 with L92 (5786) at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway in March 2015
1450 at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway – September 2015
1450 at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway – March 2016
1450 at Pitsford on the Northampton and Lamport Railway – August 2017

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