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4612 was built by the GWR at Swindon Works in 1942.

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date ArrivedDepot
January 1948St Philips Marsh
June 1948Swindon
August 1948Chippenham
September 1948Swindon
October 1948Chippenham
October 1948Swindon
December 1948Chippenham
June 1950Swindon
May 1961Taunton
December 1961St Philips Marsh
January 1962Swindon
August 1962St Philips Marsh
October 1962Neath
June 1965Cardiff East Dock

It ended its days working in South Wales, before withdrawal in 1965 and being sent to Barry scrapyard having completed 427,707 miles whilst in service. It was bought by the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (KWVR) in 1981 for spares for 5775. It (or what was left of it) was then bought privately in 1987 by Elaine and Ray Treadwell and extensively restored, latterly at the Flour Mill workshop in the Forest of Dean. After restoration was completed in 2001, 4612 was moved to the Bodmin and Wenford Railway, which had purchased it, and returned to service in GWR green livery in 2013 following a ten-year overhaul.

In July 2019 the locomotive returned to traffic after undergoing repairs to firebox cracks.

In August 2020 the locomotive moved on loan to the Nene Valley Railway.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Bodmin and Wenford RailwayOperationalBodmin & Wenford Railway Trust
4612 on Neath shed – June 1965
4612 in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry – April 1969
4612 at Bodmin on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway – April 2010
4612 at Toddington on the Gloucester Warwickshire Railway – May 2010
4612 at Bodmin Parkway – July 2016
4612 at Bodmin General on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway – April 2018
4612 at Bodmin General on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway. 6435 is in the shed – April 2018
4612 at Bodmin General on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway – April 2018
4612 at Bodmin Parkway on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway – October 2018
4612 on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway – September 2019

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