4920 Dumbleton Hall


Built in Swindon in March 1929 at a cost of £4,375, including £1,167 for the boiler. Its first shed allocation was at Old Oak Common but later to Oxford where it was fitted with a reconditioned 3500 gallon tender until 1939 instead of a standard Collett 4000 gallon tender because of Oxford’s ancient coaling stage which could not handle the larger tenders.

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date Arrived Depot
January 1948 Reading
June 1953 Taunton
December 1958 Newton Abbott
April 1960 Plymouth Laira
December 1963 Old Oak Common
May 1964 St Philips Marsh
July 1964 Bristol Bath Road

After spending some years at Cardiff and Reading, 4920 worked from Taunton shed for much of the 1950s before transfer to Laira shed in Plymouth. After travelling 1,396,966 miles, Dumbleton Hall was withdrawn in 1965 and sent for scrap to Woodham’s scrapyard in Barry, South Wales, becoming the longest serving member of the ‘Hall’ class outliving most of her classmates on the main line by at least two years. It is also the oldest ‘Hall’ class locomotive to survive into preservation.

4920 was rescued by the Dumbleton Hall Preservation Society in 1974 and restored at Buckfastleigh by 1988.

Having worked on a number of lines, it is now awaiting overhaul. Previously too heavy to work on the South Devon Railway, 4920 will be able to work on the line as the South Devon Railway has recently upgraded for use by heavier locomotives.

4920 is currently out of service and is stored at Buckfastleigh and is not expected to get an overhaul until 2018 which is almost 20 years since it last steamed.

Although the locomotive had been placed under cover no place in the overhaul queue for the locomotive had been established by the end of 2018.

Home Base Current Status Owner
South Devon Railway Stored awaiting overhaul Dumbleton Hall Preservation Society
4920 Dumbleton Hall -Buckfastleigh on the South Devon Railway-2016.jpg 4920 Dumbleton Hall at Buckfastleigh on the South Devon Railway-2016
4920 2016.jpg 4920 Dumbleton Hall at Buckfastleigh on the South Devon Railway-2016

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