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5164 was built at Swindon and was completed in 1930 at a cost of £4,220. Until 1957 it was mainly based in the Wolverhampton District, principally to Tyseley, but also to Stafford Road and Wellington. Duties included the haulage of local trains from Birmingham (Snow Hill and Moor Street) to Leamington and Stratford-upon-Avon, also Snow Hill to Stourbridge and Kidderminster (even venturing on to what is now the Severn Valley Railway) plus Dudley, Wolverhampton Low Level and Wellington.

Later at Newton Abbott 5164 worked local trains to Exeter St Davids, Moretohampstead, Kingswear and Plymouth North Road. 5164 also worked as a banker on Dainton and Rattery Banks.

BR motive power depot allocations.

Date ArrivedDepot
January 1948Tyseley
May 1955Wellington
August 1956Newton Abbot
October 1961Pontypool Road

Withdrawn in April 1963, after 33 years in service and with 811,367 miles to its credit it was sold to Woodham Brothers for scrap in October 1963 where it arrived soon afterwards.

5164 was selected as being in the best condition of the remaining ten class 5101 locomotives at Barry and was purchased for an estimated £2,250 by The 5164 Preservation Group.

It was moved to Bewdley in 1973 in convoy with 4930 Hagley Hall and 7819 Hinton Manor. 5164 was steamed for the first time in preservation in 1979 and was withdrawn briefly late in 1979/early 1980 for some adjustments before re-entering service.

It ran until 1984 before being taken out of service and it was not until 2004 that the locomotive steamed again.

After the boiler certificate expired in January 2014 it was loaned out to Barrow Hill Roundhouse where it was on static display. It had been hoped that the locomotive would be returned to Bridgnorth where work on overhauling the locomotive could commenced in 2016 but this proved to be optimistic. In early 2018 5164 was still at Barrow Hill and the owners thought that its return to Bridgnorth might still be some time off.

In July 2018 The Erlestoke Manor Fund (EMF) disclosed that they were in discussions with the 5164 Preservation Group with a view to becoming the new owners of the locomotive. A price had already been agreed between the parties. The transfer of ownership was completed with the agreement of the Severn Valley Railway in November. The locomotive will remain as a Severn Valley Railway resident.

The locomotive will remain at Barrow Hill whilst a plan is formulated and agreed to bring the engine back into active service on the Severn Valley Railway.

The aim is to have the locomotive operational in the mid 2020s.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Severn Valley RailwayAwaiting overhaul5164 Preservation Group
5164 at Pontypool Road station – July 1962
5164 in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry – c1967
5164 pilots 46521 at Arley on the Severn Valley Railway – July 1983
5164 at Kidderminster on the Severn Valley Railway – 2005
5164 with 4566 at Bridgnorth on the Severn Valley Railway – September 2011
5164 at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway – March 2012
5164 at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway – March 2013
5164 inside Barrow Hill roundhouse – September 2016

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