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5637 STEAM
LOCOMOTIVE GROUP

 
 

HISTORY

 
                 
  This section gives a very brief overview of the history of 5637. More detailed information can be found by following the links on the left.  
  200 locomotives of the 56xx class were built by the Great Western Railway in the 1920ís.  

56xx Class

   
                                 
 

5637 worked in the South Wales coalfields under the GWR and passed to British Rail when the GWR was nationalised.

 

GWR & BR

   
                                 
 

With the end of steam on British Railways 5637 was withdrawn from service and sent to Woodhams Scrapyard.

 

End of Line

   
                                 
 

After 10 years in the scrapyard 5637 was purchased for preservation and taken to the Swindon & Cricklade Railway.

 

Rescue

   
                                 
  The locomotive was gradually restored to running condition in primitive working conditions.  

Restoration

   
                                 
 

5637 was finally returned to steam 16 years after it arrived at the Swindon & Cricklade Railway.

 

5637 Lives

   
                                 
  5637 goes to work at its new home on the East Somerset Railway.  

Somerset

   
 


Photo: Peter Todd
5637 at Cardiff in 1964

   
 

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