GWR 2-6-2T 4555

The 45xx class was the mainstay of many Great Western and BR Western Region services in Devon and Cornwall.

A West Country-based engine, built by the GWR in Swindon in 1924, No 4555 worked occasionally on our branch and headed the last BR freight train on the line in 1962. She was purchased for preservation straight from BR service in 1965 and was the first engine to arrive on the newly preserved line in 1965, closely followed by No 3205.

She was a very regular performer on our line in the early days when it was called the Dart Valley Railway, hauling the official opening train with Dr Beeching aboard in 1969. When the then owners of our line purchased the Paignton to Dartmouth line in 1973, 4555 was one of the locomotives transferred over there to work what was then known as the Torbay Steam Railway, where she remains to this day.

It is one only three of the 45xx class locomotives to have survived into preservation. The others, Nos 4561 and 4566, are on the West Somerset Railway and Severn Valley Railway respectively.

 No 4555 is currently out of service.


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When life was simple... 4555 and 3205 storm Dainton Bank in 1965 on their way the then Dart Valley Railway at Buckfastleigh.


4555 (left) and 3205 stand at Buckfastleigh on 2nd October 1965, the first trains to run up the branch to start the preservation era.