5952 Cogan Hall

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5952 was built at Swindon in December 1935. As a mixed traffic engine it would have handled both passenger duties and freight duties. Its first shed allocation was the Penzance depot in Cornwall.

Early motive power depot allocations.

Date ArrivedDepot
Laira (Plymouth)
St Blazey
1939Cardiff Canton
1945Old Oak Common

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date ArrivedDepot
January 1948Old Oak Common
September 1950Southall
December 1954Penzance
June 1955Plymouth Laira
September 1955Worcester
August 1959Hereford
November 1963Cardiff East Dock

Its last shed allocation was to Cardiff East Dock before it was withdrawn from duties in June 1964.

The engine ended up at Woodham Brothers scrapyard in Barry, South Wales and thus survived into preservation unlike some of its other class mates. 5952 Cogan Hall left Barry in September 1981 after being purchased by Ken Ryder who moved it to the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway.

Some time in the 1980s it was moved to Swindon as part of the display of railway artefacts prior to moving to the Llangollen Railway in 1989.

Its next move was to the Cambrian Railway Society at Oswestry.

In 2003 the locomotive was moved to Llynclys where in became part of the Cambrian Railways Trust who aim to restore it there and then use it to haul steam tourist trains.

In early 2010 the locomotive was made available for sale to any group that would be able to restore it themselves. After some negotiations the locomotive was purchased by the 6880 Betton Grange Society in February 2010. In the following month the engine was moved to Llangollen.

The Betton Grange Society planned to use the bogie and tender from Cogan Hall for the new-build locomotive 6880 Betton Grange. In the long term, the Society hopes to restore the engine at the Llangollen Railway.

In October 2019 it was reported that work had started to strip the locomotive down and catalogue the cleaned up parts before placing them in storage. It is anticipated that “serious work” on restoring the engine will start in 2020.

In April 2021 it was revealed that the locomotive would move to Tyseley in line with the move of new build 6880 Betton Grange to Tyseley from Llangollen. The move to Tyseley was scheduled to take place at the end of June 2021.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
TyseleyHas donated parts for the build of 6880 Betton Grange but may be restored6880 Betton Grange Society Ltd
5952 Cogan Hall in Woodhams scrapyard at Barry – August 1976
5952 Cogan Hall in Woodhams scrapyard at Barry – August 1980
5952 Cogan Hall at Llangollen - July 1989.jpg
5952 Cogan Hall at Llangollen – July 1989
5952 Cogan Hall at Llangollen – October 1990
5952 Cognall Hall at Llnclys on the Cambrian Railway – October 2007
5952 Cogan Hall at Llangollen – April 2011
5952 Cogan Hall at Llangollen – April 2016

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