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.
|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 After travelling 1,396,966 miles, Dumbleton Hall was withdrawn in 1965 and sent for scrap to Woodham’s scrapyard in Barry, South Wales, becoming the longest serving member of the ‘Hall’ class outliving most of her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.
It was too heavy to work on the Buckfastleigh to Totnes line (then called the Dart Valley Railway but later the South Devon Railway) so it did not enter service until 1992 when it was moved to the Dartmouth Steam Railway. It worked there until 1995 after which it spent the following year at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. In 1997/1998 it operated on the West Somerset Railway and then spent most of 1999 on the Nene Valley Railway before returning to the South Devon Railway in September 1999.
The locomotive was taken out of service in November 1999 when the boiler certificate expired having only run for 37,000 miles after being restored.
4920 was then out of service and in store at Buckfastleigh and was 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.
In December 2020 it was announced that the locomotive had been sold although the new owner was not disclosed. This will result in the locomotive leaving the South Devon Railway where it was regarded as being too large for regular use on the branch line. It is anticipated that the locomotive will have a major overhaul in the future as it has not steamed for over 20 years.
It has been suggested that the locomotive is now owned by David Smith who is the chairman of the West Coast Railway Co based at Carnforth. The locomotive left the South Devon Railway in February 2021.
In January 2022 it was disclosed that the locomotive was on its way to Japan where it will be displayed as Hogwarts Castle at the new Warner Bros Studio Tour. Prior to this it was cosmetically restored at Carnforth.
The Warner Bros Studio Tour in Toshimaen is due to open in 2023.
|Home Base||Current Status||Owner|
|Warner Bros Toshimaen||Not yet on display|
- 4930 Hagley Hall
- 4936 Kinlet Hall
- 4942 Maindy Hall
- 4953 Pitchford Hall
- 4965 Rood Ashton Hall
- 4979 Wootton Hall
- 5900 Hinderton Hall
- 5952 Cogan Hall
- 5967 Bickmarsh Hall
- 5972 Olton Hall