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BR/GWR Collett 4-6-0 Hall Class 4900 No. 4953 Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966

BR/GWR Collett 4-6-0 Hall Class 4900 No. 4953 Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image

BR/GWR Collett 4-6-0 Class 4900 Hall No. 4953 'Pitchford Hall' at Woodham Brothers scrapyard, Barry, Wales on 18th August 1966. The end of 5224 can be seen on the left and Castle Class 5080 on the right. Built at Swindon Works in August 1929, it was withdrawn from 88B Cardiff East Dock in May 1963. It is preserved at the West Somerset Railway.

The Great Western Railway (GWR) 4900 Class or Hall Class was a class of 4-6-0 mixed traffic steam locomotives designed by Charles Collett. A total of 259 were built, numbered 4900-4999, 5900-5999 and 6900-6958. The LMS Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 and LNER Thompson Class B1 both drew heavily on design features of the Hall Class. After nationalisation in 1948, British Railways gave them the power classification 5MT.

The prototype was rebuilt from GWR Saint Class number 2925 Saint Martin in 1924 with smaller driving wheels. Additionally the cylinders were realigned in relation to the driving axle and a more modern 'Castle'-type cab was fitted. The rebuilt Saint Martin emerged from Swindon in 1924 and, renumbered 4900, embarked on three years of trials. During this period Collett introduced other modifications. The pitch of the taper boiler was altered and outside steam pipes were added.

Eleven Halls are preserved on various heritage railways. 4953 covered 1,344,464 miles over that period. Acquired by Woodham Brothers scrapyard in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales in October 1963, it was purchased by Dr John Kennedy and left Woodham's yard in February 1984.

Having Moved to Tyseley Locomotive Works, it was restored to full mainline standard, and moved under its own power once again in February 2004. It made its first public appearance in 42 years at the Crewe Great Gathering in September 2005. It obtained its mainline certification in December 2005, after making the required light and loaded test runs from Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon and back.

In February 2007 the locomotive attended the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway's Winter Steam Gala, and on 19 May 2007 performed in tandem with 4965 Rood Ashton Hall on a trip to Bristol from their Tyseley base. The loco also took part in the 2007 season Harringworth Viaduct Shuttles, and a journey from Birmingham to Kidderminster in conjunction with the Severn Valley Railway's Autumn Gala.

During 2009, she operated two Shakespeare Express services between Birmingham Snow Hill and Stratford upon Avon. On 31 August 2009, 4953 operated a railtour to Corby, via the Harringworth Viaduct. In October 2009 it ran as a light engine with 5029 Nunney Castle and support coach to the West Somerset Railway Gala, operating services between Bishops Lydeard and Minehead.

After the 2010 Tyseley Locomotive Works steam, the locomotive was moved to the Great Central Railway. It then visited the Llangollen Railway, double heading with GWR 3717 City of Truro, and operating at the West Somerset Railway before returning to Loughborough.

In 2011, after working the GCR Winter Steam Gala, it visited the Mid Hants Railway, before returning to the GCR. It was sold in late 2011 by Dr John Kennedy to the Epping Ongar Railway, though it remained at the GCR until April 2012, when it was moved to the EOR in time for the line's opening in late May 2012. The loco remained in service there until August 2013 when it was withdrawn for the routine 10 year overhaul when its boiler ticket expired. It is currently awaiting Overhaul.

Date Photo Taken 18/08/1966
Date Uploaded 06/09/2014
Image Owner/Copyright Howie Milburn
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Steam Loco Information for BR/GWR Collett 4-6-0 Hall Class 4900 No. 4953 Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image

Steam Loco Class Information for BR/GWR Collett 4-6-0 Hall Class 4900 No. 4953 Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image



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Clifford Ball said on the 03/03/2015:
I believe that this loco is not 6960 but 4953. I have a similar photo taken from roughly the same spot and the number is clearly chalked on the cab side. Furthermore 6960 is a Modified Hall and 4953 is an original Hall - the photo is of an original Hall! I am trying to identify the locos in my snaps and your gallery is of great assistance! ----------------- Reply: Having checked using Google for other photos of 4953 at Barry, I think you are 100% correct in your observation. I have updated to photo database accordingly. Checking my photo database, I noticed that I had taken a photo of 4953 at Barry Scrapyard in August 1965. I must have identified it correctly then. My records also show that I have 140 photos taken at Barry 1964-1966. The majority of these not been scanned or prints made in the last 50 years! Hopefully, I will be doing more scanning next winter time.

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