4566 was completed at Swindon in October 1924.

4566 started its working life at Newton Abbott but by 1938 was to be found at Bristol Bath Road.  By 1947 it was based in Penzance.

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date ArrivedDepot
January 1948St Ives
February 1948Penzance
June 1948Helston
July 1948Penzance
August 1948Helston
September 1948Penzance
October 1948St Ives
October 1948Penzance
December 1948Helston
February 1951Penzance
September 1961Laira (Plymouth)

It was withdrawn from service at Plymouth Laira in April 1962 and sent to Woodham Brothers scrapyard. It left there in 1970 after being purchased by the 4566 Group.

The engine had received a relatively recent (circa 1960) overhaul at Newton Abbot – actually being the last engine to be overhauled there and when completed it was driven out of the works by the Town Mayor, who was a Newton Abbot locomotive driver.

The locomotive was saved for preservation as it was considered to be in generally good condition despite having some parts missing. The locomotive was bought following an appeal by the 4566 Fund.

In August 1970 4566 was hauled to Bewdley from Barry as part of freight trains.

The overhaul took nearly five years, undertaken in the open air in all weathers – as some of the early stalwart volunteers will readily attest. These were still pioneering days for standard gauge preservation and the restoration was quite different from the extensive overhauls undertaken today. It was fairly basic with, for example, only part replacement of 91 boiler tubes, some steelwork on the bunker and a new ashpan. 4566 first steamed in the preservation era took place in June 1975, with its first trip to Bridgnorth, double-headed with Ivatt 2-6-0 46521, following a week later.

The next overhaul was after it was stopped running with a tube issue – not the new tubes fitted by the 4566 Group during their overhaul – after nearly five years in traffic. Its second preservation-era overhaul commenced in 1984 and it returned to traffic in mid-1986 in BR lined green livery, the same as last out-shopped at Newton Abbot.

In 1995 the locomotive was stopped on expiry of its 10-year boiler ticket with an overhaul commencing at Bridgnorth in August 2004 followed by a return to steam in November 2006.

A celebration was held in June 2015 to mark 40 years of life of the engine running in preservation since it steamed again in June 1975, during which time it had travelled 102,000 miles.

4566 was steamed for the last time in early January 2017 before being taken out of service following the expiry of the boiler certificate.

As it is probable that the Severn Valley Railway will regard the overhaul of a smaller locomotive that is not owned by the SVR as a lower priority it is likely to be some time before it steams again.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Severn Valley RailwayAwaiting overhaul4566 Group
4566 at St Ives having arrived from St Erth – April 1960
4566 at St Ives – 1960
4566 at Plymouth Laira - June 1962.jpg
4566 at Plymouth Laira – June 1962
4566 (with 5572 in the background) in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry – July 1970
4566 at Bridgnorth on the Severn Valley Railway – Mid 1970s
4566 has just emerged from Bewdley Tunnel with a train for Kidderminster on the Severn Valley Railway – December 1986
4566 at Kidderminster on the Severn Valley Railway – May 2010
4566 at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway – March 2012
4566 at Highley on the Severn Valley – March 2012
 4566 & 80072 at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway- March 2013
4566 at Highley on the Severn Valley – March 2014
4566 at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway – March 2015
4566 & 7812 Erlestoke Manor at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway – November 2016
4566 at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway – March 2016
4566 being shunted at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway – June 2018
4566 in front of 600 Gordon in the Engine House at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway – March 2019

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