6984 Owsden Hall

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This locomotive was built in February 1948 at Swindon Works.

BR motive power depot allocations.

Date ArrivedDepot
February 1948Hereford
May 1958Worcester (stored from November 1962)
March 1963Neyland
September 1963Severn Tunnel Junction
November 1963Cardiff East Dock
September 1964Neath
November 1964Severn Tunnel Junction
April 1965Bristol Barrow Road

It was withdrawn from service in December 1965 from Bristol Barrow Road and sold for scrap to Woodham Brothers scrapyard.

In 1986 it was saved for preservation and initially went to Bicester before moving on to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway and remained there until 2013. It then moved to the Swindon and Cricklade Railway where its restoration was to be completed.

By April 2018 it was hoped that the work on the bottom half of the locomotive would be completed by June 2018.

In December 2019 it was revealed that the locomotive had moved to the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre where the restoration is planned to be completed. It is thought the locomotive may be in steam in 2020.

In October 2020 the boiler was lifted off the frames in order to begin the final stages of restoration. It was thought then that the locomotive could possibly be in steam in 2021.

By May 2022 it was anticipated that the locomotive would steam again by 2024.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Buckinghamshire Railway CentreUnder restorationTrevor Westbury
6984 Owsden Hall in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry – c1984
6984 Owsden Hall at Hayes Knoll on the Swindon & Cricklade Railway – May 2014
6984 Owsden Hall at Blunsdon on the Swindon & Cricklade Railway – June 2014
6984 Owsden Hall at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre – October 2020

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