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 After travelling 1,396,966 miles, Dumbleton Hall was withdrawn in 1965 and sent for scrap to Woodham’s scrapyard in Barry, South Wales, becoming the longest serving member of the ‘Hall’ class outliving most of her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.
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.
The boiler certificate expired in 1999.
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.
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. It is thought that the locomotive will be moved to Carnforth early in 2021.
|Home Base||Current Status||Owner|
|Stored awaiting overhaul||Unkown|
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