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.
|1945||Old Oak Common|
BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.
|January 1948||Old Oak Common|
|June 1955||Plymouth Laira|
|November 1963||Cardiff 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Its last shed allocation was to Cardiff East Dock before it was withdrawn from duties in June 1964.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 the Cambrian Railway Trust. Stored at the Cambrian Railways Trust, the intention was to restore it at their Oswestry site.
After a period on the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway 5952 was moved to the Llangollen Railway in June 1988.
In 2010 it was sold to the Betton Grange Society, who are using its bogie and tender 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.
|Home Base||Current Status||Owner|
|Llangollen Railway||Has donated parts for the build of 6880 Betton Grange but may be restored||Betton Grange Society|
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