6998 Burton Agnes Hall

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The locomotive was built by British Railways to GWR specifications at Swindon in January 1949, and named after the Yorkshire stately home. Initially based at Cardiff Canton, it was finally withdrawn by British Rail in 1966 from Oxford shed after being honoured as the engine chosen to work the Western Region’s last steam-hauled passenger train. In markedly better condition than the other survivors, it was selected by the Great Western Society to represent the typical two cylinder Great Western tender locomotive, no others at that time being expected to survive.

BR motive power depot allocations.

Date Arrived Depot
July 1949 Cardiff Canton
May 1958 Shrewsbury (stored from September 1958)
May 1959 Tyseley
April 1960 Shrewsbury
November 1960 Fishguard Goodwick
January 1961 Old Oak Common
August 1963 Oxford
May 1964 Southall
September 1965 Oxford

6998 was selected by Oxford depot to work the 2:10pm service from Bournemouth to York on 3rd January 1966 over the section from Oxford to Banbury when it was in the process of being purchased by the Great Western Society. This was the last steam hauled scheduled service on the Western Region. After the run it returned light engine to Oxford and was placed in store.

6998 was withdrawn from service in December 1965.

Delivered in steam to the Society’s Totnes depot in April 1966, it was moved to Didcot in December 1967. Here it has been in virtually continuous service, also with plenty of main line and preserved railways use. It was withdrawn from service in 1996 and is stored complete at Didcot awaiting its turn in the queue for overhaul.

Home Base Current Status Owner
Didcot Railway Centre Awaiting overhaul Great Western Society
6998 Burton Agnes Hall at Plymouth Laira - December 1967.jpg 6998 Burton Agnes Hall at Plymouth Laira – December 1967
6998.jpg 6998 Burton Agnes Hall at Didcot-1969
6998 at Didcot-2011.jpg 6998 Burton Agnes Hall at Didcot-2011

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