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photoblog image Swanage Railway - Norden 2/7

Swanage Railway - Norden 2/7

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train from Neath General to Treherbert. 6695's next move was to Radyr during week ending November 1963. 6695 was withdrawn from service during week ending 4th July 1964, and was sold on 24th August 1964.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.

Swanage Railway - Norden 2/7

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.

comments (17)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Feb 2013, 00:19
Lovely action shot in the yards, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray.
Excellent capture & composition! Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Sue.
  • Frances
  • United States
  • 26 Feb 2013, 00:36
Terrific Brian! The 6695 looks like a power engine. I love the view of the freight cars, reminds me of the American Hobos that jumped the freight trains throughout the US.
Brian Walbey: These were quite powerful engines Frances. I believe you still have hobos on your trains but I guess security is a lot fiercer these days.
I love the contrast between the shiny engine and the old, wooden sided cars!
Brian Walbey: The engines get looked after better than the rolling stock in the main.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Feb 2013, 05:25
We didn't see many in our neck of the woods (apart from Swindon works) because they seemed all to be in South Wales. You will notice they have painted this one the wrong colour: Southern rather than GW green
Brian Walbey: I guess these were used in the valleys on the coal trains from the mines, or similar. Definitely not GWR green as you say.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Feb 2013, 09:10
Once upon a time this was called working for a living - are they all volunteers?
Brian Walbey: Most heritage railways run with a mix of employed and volunteer labour Mike.
A grand old lady Brian. Chris is sharp eyed today that green does look wrong, but I wouldn't have realised it is Southern
Brian Walbey: Yes these are fine engines, I have yet to discover why they are called Prairie tanks, either large or small. Definitely the wrong green.
A tidy little engine,Brian,and another nice composition.
Brian Walbey: Good looking loco isn't it.
Perfect trip back in time, apart from the mandatory hi vis overalls
Brian Walbey: Yes the orange overalls spoil it a bit don't they.
A fine composition Brian! I do like the old carriages too smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Mrtin. The old stock needs a bit of TLC I think.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Feb 2013, 17:40
Wonderful subject nicely shot.
Brian Walbey: Thanks John.
Superb action shot Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Richard.
lovely trucks and great little engine.
Brian Walbey: Indeed Richard, altogether a fine little railway, worth a visit if you venture that way.
  • Lisl
  • United States
  • 26 Feb 2013, 19:34
You fellows are all so knowledgeable about trains - imagine Chris commenting about the green! I am very impressed
Brian Walbey: Well Chris grew up in the area where Great Western trains ran and knows about such things Lisl. I think quite a few of us followed steam trains back in the 50's, we are all "of an age!" smile
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Feb 2013, 21:15
Oh dear. Great Western on a classic Southern Railway branch! The wagons look in surprisingly good condition.
Brian Walbey: A shame that the GWR loco is in SR green as Chris highlights. Quite a mixed collection of wagons there, the centre one needs a spruce up.
Delightful picture, Brian, and most interesting narrative of a chequered history.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Graeme. When one reads the histories of steam locos it is surprising just how often some of them were moved around, I suppose the managers at the time had their reasons.
Nice one with the gent in the corner!
Brian Walbey: Yes I deliberately included him, shame about the colour of his clothes though.

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