7808 Cookham Manor

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It was built in 1938 at Swindon Works at a cost of £3,986 excluding the tender, withdrawn from service in December 1965 and purchased directly from British Railways for preservation by a member of the Great Western Society in 1965-66. Cookham Manor was the only locomotive in the Manor class to have been bought directly from BR. Initially it was stored at Ashchurch, until moving to Didcot in August 1970.

Motive power depot allocations.

Date Arrived Depot
March 1938 Old Oak common
April 1939 Gloucester
April 1946 Oswestry
December 1953 St Phillips Marsh
December 1954 Gloucester
June 1959 Newton Abbot
September 1960 Exeter
October 1960 Worcester
December 1960 Tyseley
September 1962 Reading
August 1964 Swindon
November 1964 Gloucester

It was said to be considered highly by the crews that operated her, and unusually for her class, the engine was fitted with a larger 4000 gallon water tender.

The locomotive saw considerable main line use whilst in preservation, but it is currently in static preservation status awaiting a major overhaul at Didcot Railway Centre.

Home Base Current Status Owner
Didcot Railway Centre On static display awaiting major overhaul
7808 Cookham Manor at Tilehurst - July 1963.jpg 7808 Cookham Manor at Tilehurst – July 1963
7808 Cookham Manor at Gloucester - May 1966.jpg 7808 Cookham Manor at Gloucester – May 1966
7808 Cookham Manor at Paddington - June 1964.jpg 7808 Cookham Manor at Paddington – June 1964
7808 Cookham Manor at Taplow Open Day - September 1966.jpg 7808 Cookham Manor at Taplow Open Day – September 1966
7808 Cookham Manor at Bristol Bath Road Open Day - October 1967.jpg 7808 Cookham Manor at Bristol Bath Road Open Day – October 1967
7808 at Didcot-1969.jpg 7808 Cookham Manor at Tyseley-1969
7808 at Didcot-2011.jpg 7808 Cookham Manor at Didcot-2011

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