GWR 0-6-0 No 3205
3205 was built by the GWR in Swindon in 1946 and is the sole surviving member of the 120-strong 2251 class of locomotives designed by C. B. Collett
The class was built for use on lightly laid lines in Wales and to replace the aging locomotives that the GWR had inherited from the Welsh railway companies that were absorbed into the GWR at the 1923 grouping, when Britain's 123 railway companies were merged into just four companies, the GWR, SR, LMS and LNER.
They were the last design of 0-6-0 tender engines to be built in Britain and had fairly large driving wheels at 5'2", sharing a boiler with the 94xx heavy pannier tank locomotives being built in the 1940s.
After nationalisation, the 2251 class also found employment on other lighter duties on the Western Region of BR and 3205 eventually found herself on Somerset & Dorset metals after that line was taken over from the Southern Region. When 3205 was withdrawn from service in 1965, she was bought for preservation by the 2251 Fund, whose principal trustee was preservation pioneer, the late David Rouse, and became the second locomotive to arrive at Buckfastleigh for preservation later that year.
She moved to the Severn Valley Railway in 1967 and hauled their reopening train in 1970. Staying on the SVR for several years, she moved to the West Somerset Railway before coming back home to the South Devon Railway in 1998.
3205 was withdrawn for a major overhaul in 2006 and returned to steam at the railway's Spring Bank Holiday gala in May 2010, painted in British Railways unlined green livery, where she is photographed, top right, by Sarah Anne Harvey.
In 2014, 3205 was repainted in lined BR green for a photo charter by Neil Cave of TimeLine Events and is now running in that livery as can be seen from his photograph, bottom right.