7827 Lydham Manor

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The locomotive was built in December 1950. Its first shed allocation was at Chester. It Conducted improved draughting tests in February 1954.

In the 1950s 7827 was used with 7828 to haul the royal train.

BR motive power depot allocations.

Date ArrivedDepot
December 1950Chester
August 1958Oswestry
December 1963Machynlleth
January 1965Shrewsbury

7827 was withdrawn in October 1965 and acquired by Woodham’s, Barry in May 1966. 7827 was sold to the Dart Valley Railway and left the scrapyard in June 1970 and travelled by rail to Buckfastleigh . Restoration work was undertaken at Buckfastleigh and Newton Abbott and resulted in 7827 being steamed again in March 1973.

At this time it carried the Great Western Livery which it would never have carried while in mainline service, as it was built two years after the end of the Great Western Raiwlay (GWR). In 2011 Lydham Manor was re-introduced at the Churston Heritage Festival carrying British Rail all-black livery and bearing the temporary nameplates Torquay Manor for the festival.

7827 is owned by and based on the Dartmouth Steam Railway but has been on loan to other heritage railways/centres including, Didcot Railway Centre, South Devon Railway and the West Somerset.

It had a boiler certificate that was valid until April 2021 but the locomotive was withdrawn from service in October 2020. It is thought the overhaul will take two years.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Dartmouth Steam RailwayAwaiting overhaulDarmouth Steam Railway
7827 Lydham Manor at Shrewsbury with the up Cambrian Coast Express – 1965
7827 Lydham Manor piloting a class mate at Newton heading for the coast – 1965
7827 Lydham Manor in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry – October 1968
7827 Lydham Manor in front of 4588 at Kingswear – circa 1975
7827 Lydham Manor at Didcot – May 2010
7827 Lydham Manor at Paignton on the Dartmouth Steam Railway – May 2013
7827 Lydham Manor on the West Somerset Railway – October 2013
7827 Lydham Manor at Paignton on the Dartmouth Steam Railway – September 2016
7827 Lydham Manor at Paignton on the Dartmouth Steam Railway – September 2016

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