Ex GWR 0-6-2T Class 5600 No.6695 having pulled in the train I showed you yesterday at Norden on the Swanage Railway, takes a breather on the run-round loop before returning with a later train to Swanage. 6695 was completed at Armstrong Whitworth's Newcastle works in October, 1928 and was given works number 983. She was originally deployed to Tyseley and then in 1929 to Leamington hauling outer suburban passenger services from Birmingham's Snow Hill. In 1934, 6695 was transferred to freight work at Oxley near Wolverhampton and then to Wolverhampton Stafford Road in 1938 but returned to Oxley in 1939. At the outbreak of war she was transferred to Swansea East Docks and spent an uneventful war until 1947when she was again moved - this time to Swansea Landore and employed on local passenger and freight work during the late 1940's and through the 1950's. During June 1961 she was moved to Neath and on 2nd November, 1961, she hauled the last scheduled through passenger train from Neath General to Treherbert. 6695's next move was to Radyr during week ending November 1963. 6695 was withdrawn from service during week ending 4th July 1964, and was sold on 24th August 1964. She was then despatched to Woodham's Scrapyard at Barry Island in South Wales. But 6695 was one of the lucky ones and here she is in full working order.
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