5619 works a Midland Railway Trust service from Ironville to Swanwick and Butterley April 2017.jpg

5619 was built at Swindon built in 1925 at a cost of £3,988 including £906 for the boiler . During its employment under BR ownership in spent two years at Abercynon (The village was the terminus of the world’s first steam railway journey when on 21 February 1804 the inventor Richard Trevithick drove a steam locomotive hauling both iron and passengers travelled from the Penydarren ironworks in Merthyr Tydfil to the basin of the Glamorganshire Canal at Abercynon) before moving to Barry in 1950. It remained at Barry depot until withdrawn from service in June 1964 by which time it had covered 778,263 miles.

5619 was originally purchased in 1972 by the Telford Development Corporation from Barry scrapyard for static display at Horsehay goods shed. Telford Horsehay Steam Trust, which was formed in 1976, decided to restore the locomotive to operational condition and it was first steamed again in 1981 making the Telford Horsehay Steam Trust the smallest railway to restore an ex Barry locomotive which is still operating. 30841 was restored by the Essex Locomotive Society at Chappel & Wakes Colne which could be considered smaller but 30841 was later reconstructed using the frames of 30825.

It ran at Horsehay and many other preserved lines until its boiler certificate expired in 1991. In 1998 lottery funding was obtained to allow a full overhaul to begin; refurbishment of the frames and fitting of the wheels, cylinders, side tanks and bunker were completed at Horsehay. Boilerwork and final reassembly of the locomotive took place at the Flour Mill workshop,Lydney. Returning to traffic after passing its final steam tests, it moved to the Avon Valley Railway for two weeks’ running-in in February 2008. After attending Telford Steam Railway Steam Gala in May 2008, it spent 2 years on hire at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, moving to the North Norfolk Railway in March 2010.

In 2015 and 2016 the engine spent some time working on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway as well as paying a visit to the Churnet Valley Railway in early 2016.

In December 2016 5619 was hired to the Midland Railway Centre at Butterley and it is expected to remain there until the autumn of 2017.

In 2017 the locomotive was painted in BR black livery as a result of funds being raised by photographers. At that time the boiler certificate was valid for about eight years as it was overhauled 18 months earlier.

In 2017 the locomotive was painted in BR black livery.

The locomotive is much travelled on loan to other heritage railways and is unlikely to run much on the Telford Steam Railway until the line is extended.

After just two years on loan to the Swindon & Crickade Railway the locomotive moved to the Epping Ongar Railway in November 2020. The locomotive is likely to stay on the Epping Ongar Railway until at least June 2021.

At the end of March 2022 the locomotive moved to the Llangollen Railway for a twelve month period. It returned to Telford in December 2021.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Telford Steam RailwayOperationalTelford Steam Railway
5619 at St Fagans South Wales – 1963
5619 in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry – March 1965
5619 in Woodhams scrapyard at Barry – Circa 1975 Supplied by Ray Viney
5619 at Horsehay on the Telford Steam railway – April 1982
5619 at Cheltenham Racecourse on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway – August 2009
5619 at Consall on the Churnet Valley Railway – January 2017
5619 heads a Midland Railway Trust service from Ironville to Swanwick and Butterley – April 2017
5619 at Hayes Knoll on the Swindon & Cricklade Railway – September 2018
5619 at Wansford on the Nene Valley Railway – January 2019
5619 at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway – March 2019
5619 on the Severn Valley Railway – March 2019
5619 at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway – March 2019
5619 at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway – March 2019

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