GWR Pannier 5764

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GWRGreat Western Railway Pannier 5764
GWR 5764 L95 20190331.jpg
L95 (GWRGreat Western Railway 5764) in The Engine House
Built By GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon Works
Configuration 0-6-0PT
Power class GWRGreat Western Railway: C, BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W): 4FThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic.
Axle load class GWRGreat Western Railway: Blue (Yellow from 1950)
Status Static display
Loco Number 5764
Built 1929
Designed By Charles CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
Type GWRGreat Western Railway 5700
1971 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway in working order
1989 Re-entered service
2001 Re-entered service
2011 Withdrawn for overhaul
2019 Repainted in LT livery as L95
Length 31ft 2"
Weight 47t 10cwt
Tractive effort 22,515 lb
Pressure 200 lb/sq in

Steam Locomotives

5764 is a GWRGreat Western Railway CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 5700 class 0-6-0PT ‘pannier tank’, one of two examples on the SVRSevern Valley Railway (the other being 7714). The GWRGreat Western Railway 5700 class was the most numerous class of engine designed and built by the Great Western Railway; more than 860 were built between 1929 and 1950. Pannier tanks could be found at work all over the former GWRGreat Western Railway system and although designed primarily for shunting duties, they were regularly used on local freight and passenger workings. British Railways Western Region 'BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W)' rated the class as 4FThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic.[1] although elsewhere the class was rated 3FThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic..[2]

5764 in service

GWRGreat Western Railway / BRBritish Rail or British Railways

5750-5799 were built at Swindon works 1929-1930 with vacuum brakes and steam heating. They were fitted with ATCAutomatic Train Control, a form of limited cab signalling developed by the GWR in 1906, superseded by BR's Automatic Warning System in the following few years. 5764 entered service in 1929 at London’s Old Oak Common depot. It remained at that depot post-War, serving the GWRGreat Western Railway and BRBritish Rail or British Railways for more than thirty years. Duties involved local freight and shunting in the West London area as well as ECSEmpty Coaching Stock working in and out of Paddington station.

Although allocated to London throughout its working life, 5764 was photographed in the early 1960s at Longville on the Much Wenlock branch with future SVRSevern Valley Railway resident Inspection Saloon 80972.[3][4] It was probably there on a running in turn after its last heavy overhaul which took place at the Wolverhampton Stafford Road works in February 1960. The locomotive returned to London following that overhaul, but was then withdrawn by BRBritish Rail or British Railways in May 1960 having run an estimated 520,259 miles in service.

London Underground

BRBritish Rail or British Railways sold a number of pannier tanks, including 5764, to London Transport who used them mainly to run PWPermanent Way and engineering trains on their Metropolitan Lines, operating from their Neasden Depot and also from Lillie Bridge, Kensington. While with London Underground, 5764 was allocated the number L95. By the end of 1963, recorded mileage had increased to 668,771.[5] LT panniers returned to Swindon from time to time, as shown in this image of 5764 (L95) with GWR 9425 and 9457 at Swindon in January 1965.

5764 in preservation

The SVRA Kidderminster Branch set up a fund in 1970 to acquire one of the last three pannier tanks still in use at London Transport. Final negotiations were handled by Sir Gerald Nabarro and Richard Dunn as the Branch Committee considered a tender backed by the Company might be looked upon more favourably. The tender proved successful, with L95 (5764) being acquired by the SVR Pannier Tank Fund of the Kidderminster Branch on 24 May 1971.[6]

On Sunday 6 June 1971, L95 was scheduled to take part in an event billed as 'Farewell to Steam on the (London) Underground' together with the other two panniers L94 (7752) and L90 (7760). In the event L94 worked the 'Last Steam Train on the Underground' from Moorgate to Neasden Depot, while L90 provided working demonstrations within the Depot. L95 was not steamed as the locomotive had been found several months earlier to have a slipped tyre which had been 'spot welded' to keep it operational.[6]

5764 was moved by road to Bridgnorth, arriving on 19 June 1971 and entering service still in LT livery the same year.[5] An indication of how quickly it entered service may be judged by the lighting of a fire in the engine whilst it was being unloaded from the low-loader.

5764 was repainted into GWRGreat Western Railway livery in 1972. During the next few years 5764 made appearances in the BBC television series Carrie's War in November 1973 and The Signalman in 1976. The early success of 5764 led the SVRASevern Valley Railway Association Kidderminster Branch to purchase a second pannier, 7714, in 1973.

In early 1977 a slipped tyre led to 5764 being withdrawn from service.[7] In summer 1978, SVRSevern Valley Railway News announced that another pannier, 3612, had been acquired from Barry to provide new wheels for 5764 as well as a spare boiler for 5764 and 7714.[8] After re-profiling on the Noble and Lund wheel lathe, the new wheels were installed and the locomotive re-painted in time for a return to service in mid-1979. One of the first duties was for the filming of the BBC TV series God's Wonderful Railway that year.[9] In the following year she performed in Granada TV's The Good Soldier.[10]

5764 was withdrawn from service in 1982 awaiting a heavy overhaul. The locomotive was steamed again in early 1989; the first test movement in steam being an unusual sight because the tanks had not been fitted! By June of that year a full return to service had been achieved in time for an appearance in the summer steam gala.[11] During the course of the 10 year ‘ticket’ that followed, 5764 spent 1993 on hire to the South Devon Railway. 1998 saw another television appearance in the TV movie Cider With Rosie; service ended later that year.

Following a boiler exchange made possible by the 1978 acquisition of a ‘spare’,[12] 5764 entered a third period of service in summer 2001.[13] Another 10 year ‘ticket’ saw 5764 withdrawn from service in January 2011. The locomotive then moved into The Engine House on display in May 2011, but was removed to make a guest appearance as a static exhibit at the Gloucester Warwickshire Steam Railway’s Broadway station in May 2013. It was then stored in Kidderminster Carriage Shed, making subsequent appearances as a static exhibit at Worcester Racecourse in 2015 and the 'Step Back to the 1940s' event in 2017.

On 20 June 2018 5764 was moved from storage in Kidderminster Carriage Shed to be put back on display in The Engine House. A move to Bridgnorth for a cosmetic repaint then took place on 16 November 2018.[14] 5764 moved to the Engine House in her LT guise as L95 in March 2019.[15]

The locomotive is owned by the SVR Pannier Tank Fund who also own GWR Pannier 7714.

See also

Steam Locomotives
SVR-based locomotives visiting other events
Locomotives running under different identities
Tales from the Severn Valley
Classes of locomotives used on the Severn Valley Branch in commercial service


  1. Midlands Division (Ex WR) & Gloucester District - Locomotive Route Availability (Branch Lines)- June 1963 Retrieved 7 January 2017
  2. Classic British Steam Locomotives (ISBN 1-86147-138-6), Wikipedia etc
  3. Photo in SVRSevern Valley Railway News 55
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 155 'New Arrivals' (Hugh McQuade)
  5. 5.0 5.1 SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book 9th Edition
  6. 6.0 6.1 SVRSevern Valley Railway News 177, 'Forty Years of Pannier Tank 5764', Peter Hudson
  7. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 44
  8. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 48
  9. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 51-53
  10. The Good Soldier, Youtube (Retrieved 18 February 2017)
  11. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 92-93
  12. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 133
  13. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 136
  14. SVR-Online Forum
  15. The Railway Magazine, January 2019, p. 8


GWR 5700 Class on Wikipedia