3205 was built by the GWR in 1946 and is the sole surviving member of the 120 strong 2251 class of locomotives designed by C B Collett. 3205 was first allocated to Gloucester and spend much of its early life locally, being allocated to Gloucester, Cheltenham and Worcester.
After nationalisation, the 2251 class also found employment on other lighter duties on the Western Region of BR and 3205 eventually moved onto the Somerset & Dorset metals after that line was taken over from the Southern Region.
BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.
|December 1963||Exmouth Junction|
When 3205 was withdrawn from service in 1965, it was bought for preservation by the 2251 Fund and became the second locomotive to arrive at Buckfastleigh for preservation later that year.
In February 1967 3205, with the motion dismantled, was towed to Stourbridge by a diesel locomotive.
After the motion had been re-assembled it hauled a four coach train to Bridgnorth in March 1967. It subsequently hauled the first passenger train when the Severn Valley railway opened in May 1970.
After several years on the SVR 3205 moved to the West Somerset Railway before returning to what was by then become the South Devon Railway in 1998.
3205 was withdrawn for a major overhaul in 2006 and returned to steam at the railway’s Spring Bank Holiday gala in May 2010, painted in British Railways unlined green livery. In 2014, 3205 was repainted in lined BR green.
During 2016 the engine developed a crack in the boiler barrel which was repaired in the summer of that year but during the 2016/17 winter the locomotive will be examined to make sure that the there are no further signs of the problem.
It was withdrawn from service in 2017 when it was identified that it needed a major boiler rebuild and new cylinder block. It is thought that it requires an “almost completely new boiler” at an estimated cost of £300,000 to £400,000.
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|South Devon Railway||Awaiting overhaul||2251 Fund|