7812 Erlstoke Manor

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7812 was completed at Swindon Works in January 1939, one of the last batch built prior to the war and was allocated to Bristol Bath Road shed. Here it was employed working both passenger and freight trains to such places as Salisbury, Weymouth, Weston Super Mare and Cardiff.

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date ArrivedDepot
January 1948Bristol Bath Road
May 1948Newton Abbott
August 1949St Blazey
November 1949Newton Abbott
May 1956Tyseley
July 1956Newton Abbott
December 1956Plymouth Laira
September 1959Truro
September 1960Oswestry
November 1961Croes Newydd
January 1963Shrewsbury

At Newton Abbott it often assisted with long distances expresses on the Devon banks. At Shrewsbury it was actually regarded as a London Midland Region shed so 7812 was on the London Midland Region books when it was withdrawn from service in November 1965. By the time of its withdrawal 7812 had clocked up 800,000 miles whilst having six heavy repairs along the way.

It was sent to Woodham Brothers scrapyard in June 1966 from where it was purchased in 1973 by the Erlestroke Manor Fund. In May 1974 the locomotive was moved to Dowty Railway Preservation Society at Aschurch. It subsequently moved to the Severn Valley Railway (SVR) in April 1976 when it was transported to Bewdley.

7812 entered service on the SVR in September 1979 and ran there until 1985.

In April 1982 it returned to operating on the main line when it twice double headed the Welsh Marshes Pullman with 4930 Hagley Hall.

Erlestoke Manor completed its major overhaul at the Severn Valley Railway and ran again in February 2008. It is at present a regular in operation on the SVR and its boiler ticket is due to expire in 2018.

In August 2016 it completed 100,000 miles of running since it was preserved. It is the second Manor class locomotive to achieve this – the first was 7802 Bradley Manor in 2009.

7812 was taken out of service in 2017 as the boiler certificate expired at the end of December 2017.

The plan is to have the engine back in service in 2020 after undergoing a contract overhaul at Tyseley.

In April 2020 it was reported that new cylinder blocks had been cast at a Preston foundry during the previous month for 7812 and classmate 7802 Bradley Manor. The owner of the both locomotives has launched an appeal for £25,000 to enable the two engines to be returned to service during 2020.

It was reported in November 2020 that work on the overhaul had progressed to a stage where the boiler would soon be ready for hydraulic testing.

In May 2021 it was reported that the boiler had been filled with water for the first time since 2017. It was then planned that a hydraulic test of the boiler would be undertaken soon and this would be follow soon afterwards by a steam test before the boiler was returned to the locomotives frames at Tyseley. The expectation is that Erlestoke Manor would return to the Severn Valley Railway later in 2021.

In October 2021 the out of frames boiler test was carried out successfully before work started on cladding the boiler before lifting it back onto the frames.

In February 2022 the boiler was placed back on the frames at Tyseley. It was hoped that the locomotive would be back in service on the Severn Valley Railway during 2022.

In November 2022 it was reported that the locomotive had a fire lit in the boiler for the first time in five years and was being made ready for a its in-steam boiler insurance examination. It was then hoped the locomotive would be back at the Severn Valley Railway before the end of November 2022.

The locomotive returned to the Severn Valley Railway at the beginning of December 2022. Whilst undergoing test runs shortly after this and it was then found that the central driver bearing was running warm and further tests were abandoned.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Severn Valley RailwayUnder overhaulErlestoke Manor Fund
7812 Erlestoke Manor on Aberystwyth shed before working back to Shrewsbury – August 1963
7812 Erlestoke Manor at Gloucester Central station – February 1964
7812 Erlestoke Manor taking water at Machynlleth shed – August 1965
7812 Erlstoke Manor at Borth – August 1965
7812 Erlestoke Manor departing from Newton in Mid Wales with an east bound train – 1965
4150 and 7812 Erlestoke Manor at Newport hauled by diesel 25165. The train was en route to the Dean Forest Railway from Woodhams scrapyard at Barry – May 1974 Supplied by Ray Viney
7812 Erlestoke Hall pilots 4930 Hagley Hall leaving Shrewsbury – April 1982
7812 Erlestoke Manor and 4930 Hagley Hall emerging from Ludlow Tunnel – April 1982
7812 Erlestoke Manor at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway – September 2011
7812 Erlestoke Manor at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway – March 2012
7812 Erlestoke Manor at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway – March 2014
7812 Erlestoke Manor at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway – March 2016
7812 Erlestoke Manor at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway – March 2016
7812 Erlestoke Manor with 4566 at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway – November 2016
7812 Erlestoke Manor at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway – September 2017
7812 Erlestoke Manor at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway – October 2017

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