GWR 5600 Class 5643

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GWRGreat Western Railway 5600 Class 5643
Built By GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon Works
Configuration 0-6-2T
Power class 5MTThe 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.
Status Out of traffic
Loco Number 5643
History
Built 1925
Designed By Charles CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
Type GWRGreat Western Railway 5600
1963 Withdrawn from traffic
1971 Left BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation.
2005 Restored to traffic
Technical
Weight 69t 7cwt
Tractive effort 25,800 lb
Pressure 200 lb/sq in

Steam Locomotives

A brief description of the 5600 Class is included in GWR 5600 class 6634.

5643 in service

5643 was built at Swindon in October 1925 to lot number 228.[1] It spent its entire working life in South Wales, being withdrawn from BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation. Shed in July 1963, moving the short distance to Barry Scrapyard in November.

5643 in preservation

5643 left BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation. in September 1971, the 16th locomotive to do so.[2]

The locomotive is now owned by the Furness Railway Trust, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation now based at the Ribble Steam Railway in Preston, and is described by them as “The Trust's roving ambassador “.[3] 5643 first ran under its own steam in November 2005 and hauled its first passenger train in 43 years the following September. It has visited many preserved railways.[4]

5643 on the SVRSevern Valley Railway

See also

Steam Locomotives visiting the SVR for galas
Steam Locomotives hired by the SVR
List of film and TV productions filmed on the Severn Valley Railway
Classes of locomotives used on the Severn Valley Branch in commercial service

References

  1. GWR 5600 Class on Great Western Archive
  2. Railuk.info Barry Scrapyard Search Results
  3. Furness Railway website
  4. Rail.uk.info

Links

GWR 5600 Class on Wikipedia
GWR 5600 Class on Great Western Archive