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

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it was actually regarded as a London Midland Region shed so 7812 was on the London Midland Region books when it was withdrawn from service in November 1965.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 7812 returned to operating on the main line when it 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.

Home Base Current Status Owner
Severn Valley Railway Under overhaul Erlestoke Manor Fund
7812 at Bewdley-2011.jpg 7812 Erlestoke Manor at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway-2011
7812 at Bewdley-2012.jpg 7812 Erlestoke Manor at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway-2012
7812 at Highley-2014.jpg 7812 Erlestoke Manor at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway-2014
7812a.jpg 7812 Erlestoke Manor at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway-2016
7812 7812 Erlestoke Manor at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway-2016
7812c.jpg 7812 Erlestoke Manor at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway-2017
7812b.jpg 7812 Erlestoke Manor with 4566 at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway-2016

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