The title for the gala will be "Swindon Built", remembering the 175 years that have elapsed since Sir Daniel Gooch, the GWR's Locomotive Superintendent selected the site at Swindon for locomotive and rolling stock repair and construction.
We are well placed at the GWSR to host such an event, as all of our operational home fleet has some connection with Swindon Works.
Churchward, 2-8-0, 28XX Class, 2807To start with, in Churchward 2-8-0, 2807, we have the oldest Swindon Works built steam loco capable of being steamed. 2807 entered traffic in 1905 and continued in service until 1963, an impressively long working life. She is the oldest loco to have been saved from Barry Island Scrap Yard. 2016 is also the centenary of the first 100 wagon freight train in the United Kingdom, hauled by sister loco 2808. To commemorate this event, it is proposed that on some days, 2807 will be renumbered to be 2808. The 2800 class was principally designed for use on long haul freight services.
|2807 during a recent 'Christmas Cracker' event|
Churchward 2-8-0T, 42XX Class, 4270Another Swindon Built Churchward locomotive is 2-8-0T, 4270. She was outshopped from Swindon Works at the end of 1919 and remained in traffic until 1962. She is notable for having retained her original inside steam pipes. The 42XX class was designed to cope with increasingly large coal trains in the South Wales valleys, using a Swindon number 4 boiler and sperical joints on the coupling rods between the intermediate and trailing wheels permitting the negotiation of relatively tight bends.
|4270 on a demonstration goods train at Toddington|
Collett, 4-6-0, Manor Class, 7820, Dinmore ManorSwindon Works continued manufacturing GWR designed steam locos, even after nationalisation in 1948. An example of this of Collett designed 4-6-0, 7820, Dinmore Manor, built in 1950, the first of a batch of 10 Manors built by BR, following on from the 20 built by the GWR prior to WWII. Manor class locomotives were a mixed traffic design, designed with a lighter axle weight (17 tons) which permitted them to travel across a number of cross country routes and branch lines which the heavier Hall and Grange 2 cylinder 4-6-0 locomotives were not permitted on.
|Dinmore Manor in action at Chicken Curve|
Bulleid, Pacific, Merchant Navy class, 35006, Peninsular & Oriental S.N. CoThe final member of our home fleet that it is anticipated will be in steam for the "Swindon Built" gala is at first sight an impostor, Bulleid, Merchant Navy Class, 35006, was indeed built Eastleigh, but in the early days of her preservation, some engineering work on various components took place at Swindon Works, before it was closed in 1986. A slightly tenuous link to Swindon Works perhaps, but a link nonetheless. This will be 35006's first gala appearance in steam.
|35006 on static display at Winchcombe during last year's gala.|
The Guest Locomotives:
Riddles, 2-10-0, BR Standard 9F Class, 92214
|Riddles, 2-10-0, BR Standard 9F, 92214|
We anticipate being able to make further announcements regarding two further guest locomotives in the relatively near future.
Keep an eye out for further announcements regarding the locomotive line up both here, on the main GWSR website and on Twitter.