2857

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2857 was completed at Swindon in April 1918 at a cost including tender of £5,948.

During a working career of 45 years, 2857 recorded a total mileage of 1,276,713 miles and, to judge from the depots to which it was allocated, must have operated over virtually all the GWR routes on which it was permitted to run. 2857 was delivered new to Salisbury GWR depot and then moved successively to Pontypool Road, Aberdare, Old Oak Common, Newton Abbot, back to Aberdare and to Pontypool Road, then Severn Tunnel Junction, Pontypool Road again, Cardiff Canton and  Plymouth Laira prior to the nationalistion of the railways in January 1948.

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date Arrived Depot
January 1948 Laira (Plymouth)
December 1949 Stourbridge
October 1951 Banbury
July 1955 Tyseley
February 1958 Chester (GWR)
May 1958 Pontypool Road
February 1959 Oxley
March 1959 Pontypool Road
September 1959 Stored
August 1960 Swindon
March 1961 Ebbw Junction
August 1961 Severn Tunnel Junction
February 1962 Aberdare
November 1962 Neath

It was withdrawn from service in April 1963 whilst based at Neath.

2857 was stored for six months before being sold as scrap to Woodham Brothers at Barry Docks in South Wales. From there 2857 was purchased in May 1974 for £5,250 plus £525 VAT (in 1972 the price had been £3,500) by the 2857 Fund and moved by rail to the Severn Valley Railway in convoy with Collett Mogul 7325, arriving in August 1975. It was the first 2800 class locomotive to leave Barry and was considered to be in the best condition of the 15 members of the class there

Restoration started in January 1976 at Bewdley with the first steaming achieved in preservation in September 1979. It then had cylinder problems which was amazingly rectified when a set of scrapped cylinders from a 2800 class locomotive were discovered at Briton Ferry steelworks in 1979 when the steelworks was being dismantled. The repairs were completed in 1984 which was the reason that it was not until August 1985 that 2857 achieved 140 miles in traffic on running-in turns.

It was withdrawn for overhaul in December 1994 after which it was returned to service in July 2011.

In May 2018 the locomotive was undergoing test runs after having had a full intermediate overhaul.

Home Base Current Status Owner
Seven Valley Railway Operational The 2857 Society
2857 2011.jpg 2857 at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway-2011
2857 2011a.jpg 2857 at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway-2011
2857 2013.jpg 2857 at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway-2013
2857 2013a.jpg 2857 at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway-2013
2857 2014.jpg 2857 at Bridgnorth on the Severn Valley Railway-2014
2857 2014a.jpg 2857 at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway-2014
2857 2015.jpg 2857 crosses the River Severn on the Victoria Bridge. Severn Valley Railway-2015
2857 on SVR-2016.jpg 2857 at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway-2016
2857 2016.jpg 2857 at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway-2016

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