GWR 5700 Class 3650
|GWRGreat Western Railway 5700 Class 3650|
3650 at Bridgnorth, August 2012
|Power class||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. by BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W)|
|Designed By||Charles CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941|
|Type||GWRGreat Western Railway 5700|
|1963||Sold by BRBritish Rail or British Railways to Stephenson Clarke Ltd|
|Tractive effort||22,515 lb|
|Pressure||200 lb/sq in|
A brief description of the 5700 Class is included in GWR Pannier 5764
3650 in service
GWRGreat Western Railway / BRBritish Rail or British Railways
3650 was built at Swindon and outshopped in December 1939, as part of lot No 325 at a cost of £2,844, and was allocated to Tyseley. It started its period of operation under BRBritish Rail or British Railways ownership in 1948 still based there, before several moves in the 1950s. It was withdrawn from service from Neath Court Sart in September 1963.
In 1963, 3650 was disposed of to Stephenson Clarke Ltd. (P.D.Fuels Ltd.), a private colliery operator at Gwaun-cae-Gurwen in South Wales, where it was painted blue with red lettering along the tanks.
3650 in preservation
3650 was sold to a private owner in October 1969 and after a spell at Hereford, moved to Didcot the following year. Originally 3650 was bought as a source of spares, but it returned to steam in 2008.
3650 at the SVRSevern Valley Railway
3650 arrived in July 2012 on hire. Having been booked with a cover leaking, investigation showed a long-term cracked cylinder block. This was stitched with Metalock, the owners allowing the locomotive to take part in the Autumn Gala in thanks.