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 Initially based at Cardiff Canton, it was finally withdrawn by British Rail in 1966 from Oxford shed after being honoured as the engine chosen to work the Western Region’s last steam-hauled passenger train.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 ArrivedDepot
July 1949Cardiff Canton
May 1958Shrewsbury (stored from September 1958)
May 1959Tyseley
April 1960Shrewsbury
November 1960Fishguard Goodwick
January 1961Old Oak Common
August 1963Oxford
May 1964Southall
September 1965Oxford

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6998 was withdrawn from service in December 1965.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 It was withdrawn from service in 1996 and is stored complete at Didcot awaiting its turn in the queue for overhaul.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 BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Didcot Railway CentreStatic display – Awaiting overhaulGreat Western Society
6998 Burton Agnes Hall at Old Oak Common shed which was its home base – May 1961
6998 Burton Agnes Hall
6998 Burton Agnes Hall with a southbound freight at Hinksey South – March 1965
6998 Burton Agnes Hall at Plymouth Laira – December 1967
6998 Burton Agnes Hall at Didcot Railway Centre – September 1969
6998 Burton Agnes Hall near Culham on a Didcot – Tyseley train – October 1972
6998 Burton Agnes Hall at Shrewsbury hauling the Welsh Marches Express – October 1989
6998 Burton Agnes Hall on the Gloucester Warwickshire Railway – 1990s
6998 Burton Agnes Hall hauling the Shakespeare Express on its return leg from Stratford-on-Avon to Bristol – March 1993
6998 Burton Agnes Hall at the Didcot Railway Centre – October 2001
6998 Burton Agnes Hall at Didcot Railway Centre – January 2011
6998 Burton Agnes Hall at Didcot – August 2018
6998 Burton Agnes Hall at Didcot – April 2019
6998 Burton Agnes Hall at Didcot – April 2021
6998 Burton Agnes Hall at Didcot – October 2021

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