7821 Ditcheat Manor

7821 Ditcheat Manor in Woodham's scrapyard at Barry - October 1968.jpg

7821 was built by British Railways in November 1950 at Swindon at a cost of £10,479.

BR motive power depot allocations.

Date Arrived Depot
November 1950 Oswestry
November 1953 Shrewsbury
December 1953 Tyseley
July 1959 Newton Abbott
September 1959 Shrewsbury
September 1961 Croes Newydd
March 1963 Machynlleth
November 1964 Oxley
September 1965 Shewsbury

Whilst based at Oswestry 7821 was employed on duties on the mid-wales services to Aberystwyth.

When it was based at Tyseley it was observed working freight traffic between Oxley and Pontypool Road as well as local Thames Valley services from Paddington.

At Newton Abbot it worked over the South Devon banks along with a number of othe Manor class engines based there.

7821 was withdrawn in November 1965 and was sent to Woodham Brother scrapyard.It arrived at the scrapyard in Barry in May 1966.

In 1980 it was purchased by Ken Ryder and left the Barry scrapyard in June 1981.

Initially it went to the embryonic Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, before moving to the Llangollen Railway and then Swindon, where its restoration was completed in 1998.

It was then run in on the West Somerset Railway and later operated on the Great Central Railway and then the Churnet Valley Railway in 2005 where it remained in traffic until 2007.

After being sold to the West Somerset Railway Association in 2007, 7821 was first moved to Williton railway station, and then in 2010 to Bishops Lydeard railway station whilst funding was raised for its overhaul. In November 2010 the locomotive was moved by road to the Museum of the Great Western Railway at Swindon, for static display for up to five years whilst it awaited overhaul

In early 2015 7821 was moved to the West Somerset Railway where it is expected to be operational in 2026.

Home Base Current Status Owner
West Somerset Railway Under overhaul Ken Ryder
7821 Ditcheat Manor in Woodham's scrapyard at Barry - October 1968 7821 Ditcheat Manor in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry – October 1968

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