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6619 was built in 1928.

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date ArrivedDepot
January 1948Barry
August 1956Treherbert
September 1956Barry
October 1956Treherbert

It was withdrawn from service in March 1963.

6619 was saved from Barry for two reasons

  • Being an inside cylinder locomotive hardly any of the parts had been removed as they were so hard to get at
  • The boiler was in very good condition

It was restored between 1979 and 1984 for use on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway with some input from the Kent & East Sussex Railway volunteers. After being overhauled its owners decided that it would go on tour so it visited many railways before ending up at the Yorkshire Dales Railway.

6619 was subsequently purchased for the Kent & East Sussex Railway (K&ESR) and is owned by 6619 Ltd. It moved to the K&ESR in November 2012.

Following the expiry of the boiler certificate in January 2015 it is to be overhauled in 2017 at Rolvenden Works on the K&ESR. It is anticipated that the overhaul will take four years and will include the replacement of the Kylchap exhaust fitted whilst at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to return the locomotive it was when built at Swindon.

Consideration is being given to it entering service in Great Western livery rather than the BR livery it has had for all of its life since being preserved.

6619 at Cogan – April 1954
6619 in Woodhams scrapyard at Barry – August 1974
6619 at Didcot Railway Centre – May 1985
6619 climbs out of Newtondale with a train for Pickering on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway – May 1987
6619 arriving at Pickering on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway – May 2006
6619 at Bolton abbey on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway – April 2012
6619 on the Kent & East Sussex Railway – March 2014
6619 in store at Rolvenden on the Kent & East Sussex Railway – August 2015
Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Kent & East Sussex RailwayUnder overhaul6619 Ltd

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