Built at Swindon in 1918 at a cost of £5,948 (including £956 for the tender). It was the last locomotive to be repaired at Stafford Road Works in Wolverhampton when it left there in February 1964.

Motive power depot allocations.

Date ArrivedDepot
May 1918Southall
September 1922Old Oak Common
November 1923Newport Ebbw Junction
May 1927Severn Tunnel Junction
March 1929St Phillips Marsh
November 1931Old Oak Common
November 1933Reading
December 1934Southall
October 1936St Phillips Marsh
May 1951Severn Tunnel Junction
February 1957Cardiff Canton
March 1957Severn Tunnel Junction
July 1957Cardiff Canton
February 1959Severn Tunnel Junction
December 1959Pontypool Road
July 1964Cardiff east Dock
October 1964Southall

It was withdrawal at the end of 1964 after covering 1,345,561 miles in service. 2859 was then moved to Woodham Brothers scrapyard where it remained until 1987 when it was bought by the GWR Loco Group and was moved to the Llangollen Railway where it remains in scrapyard condition.

In 2017 it was put up for sale to pay for work on 5532 which was also owned by Llangollen Railway Great Western Locomotive Group.

The 2859 Locomotive Group was formed, as a limited company, to purchase and restore 2859. The aim is to raise £40,000 by the end of August 2018 to buy the locomotive. Up to a quarter of a million pounds will then be needed to restore 2859. The prospective new owners are targeting 2029 as a date to have the locomotive running again.

The locomotive was however sold in October 2017 to Paul Walley who is the managing director of water treatment company Cambi UK which is based in Congleton. The locomotive (minus tender and many parts) was sold for £38,000 after considering three purchase offers made for 2859. The locomotive was moved at the end of 2017 to Cambi works at Congleton. The initial aim of the new owner is to have the locomotive back in steam in 2024.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
CongletonUnder restorationPaul Walley
2859 at Newport en route to Llangollen from Woodhams scrapyard in Barry – October 1987
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2859 at Llangollen – 1988
2859 at Llangollen – October 1990

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