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5572 was built in 1929 and was almost the last produced (two from the end).

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date ArrivedDepot
January 1948Bristol Bath Road
October 1948Bath Spa
October 1948Bristol Bath Road
December 1948Wells
February 1949Bristol Bath Road
September 1953Cardiff Cathays
February 1958Newton Abbott
March 1958Plymouth Laira
September 1960St Blazey
April 1961Plymouth Laira

In its later years it moved to South Wales where, unusually for this class, it was equipped with auto-gear for working push-and-pull trains on the valley branch lines. Of the thirteen engines of this very useful class to have survived into preservation, 5572 is the only one so fitted.

It was withdrawn by BR in April 1962, being sent to Woodham Bros of Barry for breaking up. It was bought by the Great Western Society in August 1971, and sent to its Taunton depot, being partially restored there before coming to Didcot in 1977.

The locomotive was returned to steam again in 1985.

Having reached the end of its ten year boiler certificate, it is awaiting heavy repairs at Didcot Railway Centre.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Didcot Railway CentreOn static displayGreat Western Society
5572 in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry. The chimney in the foreground belongs to 46428 and the Jinty in the background is 47406 – October 1968
5572 in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry – July 1970
5572 in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry – September 1970
5572 awaiting restoration at Taunton – August 1973
5572 at Didcot – June 1990
5572 at Didcot – February 2004
5572 at Didcot Railway Centre next to 6697 – June 2011
5572 at Didcot – September 2012
5572 in front of 6697 at Didcot – June 2013
5572 at Didcot Railway Centre – July 2020
5572 at Didcot Railway Centre – July 2021

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