7820 Dinmore Manor

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Named after the ancient 12th century Knights Hospitaller perceptory Dinmore Manore in Herefordshire, the locomotive was built by British Railways at Swindon in 1950.

BR motive power depot allocations.

Date Arrived Depot
November 1950 Oswestry
September 1952 Aberystwyth
October 1952 Oswestry
December 1953 Chester
December 1954 Plymouth Laira
November 1959 Truro
June 1960 St Blazey
September 1969 Cardiff Canton
August 1962 Cardiff East Dock
April 1963 Shrewsbury
October 1964 Oxley
September 1965 Shrewsbury

Dinmore Manor was the final Manor locomotive to work a train on the Cambrian network – the 18.05 up mails on 13th November 1965.

It was withdrawn from service in November 1965 and moved to Woodham Brothers scrapyard.

The locomotive was purchased in 1979 by the Gwili Railway and was moved to Bronwydd Arms for restoration. A lack of undercover facilities and funds resulted in very little restoration work being carried out, with the locomotive being sold in 1983.

While being restored at Birmingham Railway Museum the West Somerset Railway Company provided a financial ‘leg-up’ to the owning Dinmore Manor Fund. It made its debut on the West Somerset Railway over the summer of 1995.

The locomotive’s boiler certificate expired in July 2004 and the engine was taken out of service.

Its 10-year overhaul was completed in April 2014, and Dinmore Manor entered service at its new base at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway following reaching agreement with the Dinmore Manor Locomotive Ltd the owners of 7820 on its use. It will however, operate on the West Somerset Railway between June and September 2017.

In August 2017 7820 past the 100,000 miles of running in preservation mark

Home Base Current Status Owner
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Operational Dinmore Manor Locomotive Ltd
7820 Dinmore Manor at Hollingwood Sidings (Telford) a few weeks before being sold for scrap - September 1965.jpg 7820 Dinmore Manor at Hollingwood Sidings (Telford) a few weeks before being sold for scrap – September 1965
7820 at Tyseley-2011.jpg Bits of 7820 Dinmore Manor at Tyseley-2011
7820 & 7822 apporoaching Berwyn tunnel-2016.jpg 7820 Dinmore Manor & 7822 Foxcote Manor approaching Berwyn Tunnel on the Llangollen Railway-2016
7820 7820 Dinmore Manor at Llangollen-2016

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