4588 on the Paignton & Darmouth Railway - July 1977.jpg

4588 was built by the GWR in Swindon in 1927 and spent the bulk of its working life in Cornwall, being based in Truro for many years. It also spent time at Tyseley (when new), Penzance before moving to Plymouth Laira.

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date ArrivedDepot
January 1948Truro
January 1959Oswestry
March 1959Penzance
September 1960Plymouth Laira
September 1961Taunton
November 1961Plymouth Laira

After withdrawal from service at Plymouth Laira in 1962, 4588 ended up in Woodham Bros scrapyard in Barry from where, in 1971, it became one of the first of several hundred locomotives to be purchased for preservation. 4588 was bought by the Dart Valley Railway Association (now South Devon Railway Association) for the princely sum of £1750 and sent to British Rail Engineering in its birthplace of Swindon for overhaul, the first steam locomotive to go through their shops for many years, before return to Buckfastleigh.

When the then owners of our line bought the Paignton to Kingswear line in 1973, 4588 was transferred over there, working services for many years. Later spent time on the Severn Valley Railway.

In 2015 4588 was sold by the Dartmouth Steam Railway to Mike Thompson and is based at Peak Rail at Rowsley although it had been out of service for over a decade.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Peak RailUnder overhaulMike Thompson
4588 at Swindon Works – September 1958
4588 in Woodhams scrapyard at Barry – July 1968
4588 under overhaul in Swindon works after being rescued from the scrapyard at Barry – 1971
4588 at Buckfastleigh on what was then the Dart Valley Railway – October 1971
4588 at Kingswear – 1973
4588 leaving Goodrington Sands on the Dartmouth Steam Railway – 1970s
4588 at Kingswear on the Dartmouth Steam Railway – June 1975
4588 on the Paignton & Darmouth Railway - July 1977.jpg
4588 on the Paignton & Darmouth Railway – July 1977
4588 at Goodrington on the Paignton & Kinswear Railway – July 1997

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