5542 GWR 2-6-2T

5542 GWR 2-6-2T

5542 GWR 2-6-2T

5542 GWR 2-6-2T

5542 GWR 2-6-2T

5542 GWR 2-6-2T

About

The 45xx and 4575 classes were favourites for branch line work over most of the Great Western Railway territory. Devon and Cornwall were no exceptions and virtually all the branch lines in the two counties saw engines of one or other of the two types right up until the end of steam on British Railways (Western Region), or in many cases, until the closure of the lines in question. The branch line from Totnes to Ashburton – today’s South Devon Railway – was no exception. Here the 45xx class were used for the freight traffic.

5542 was built in Swindon in 1928 for £3602. She was first allocated to Gloucester entering traffic on 2nd August 1928, then over the next 33 years was based at Bristol, Taunton and Newton Abbot before transfer to Westbury, where she spent her final years with BR before withdrawal on 8th December 1961 after having run 987,429 miles with sale to Woodham Bros scrapyard in February 1962. 

After 14 years in the scrapyard, 5542 was sold to the West Somerset Railway Association in 1976.  In 1979, it was sold to a group of WSRA members who formed the 5542 Fund to save and restore it for use on the West Somerset Railway.

The engine was returned to steam in 2002. Since then, she has successfully worked on the West Somerset Railway, the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway and many other lines. She is now regular based both with us on the South Devon Railway and on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway.

5542 owners describe her as the ‘Planet’s Favourite Prairie’!

Specifications

  • Power -|- Steam
  • Designer -|- Charles Collett
  • Builder -|- GWR - Swindon Works
  • Build Date -|- May 1928
  • Cost -|- £3,602 - including boiler
  • Class -|- 4575
  • Total of Class Produced -|- 100
  • Configuration -|- 2-6-2T
  • Gauge -|- Standard Gauge - 4ft 8 12 in (1,435mm)
  • Driving Wheel Dia. -|- 4ft 712 in (1,410mm)
  • Wheelbase -|- 26ft 10in (8.18m)
  • Length -|- 36ft 412 in (11.09m) over buffers
  • Width -|- 8ft 9in (2.67m)
  • Height -|- 13ft (3.96m)
  • Axle Load -|- 15 long tons 11 cwt (34,800 lbs or 15,800kg)
  • Weight -|- 61 long tons (136,400 lbs or 62,000kg)
  • Water Cap. -|- 1,300 gal (5,900 L or 1,600 US gal)
  • Fuel type -|- Coal
  • Firegrate Area -|- 16.6 sq ft (1.54 sq m)
  • Boiler Pressure -|- 200 psi (1.38 MPa)
  • Heating Surface
  • Tubes -|- 992.51 sq ft (92.207 sq m)
  • Firebox -|- 94.25 sq ft (8.756 sq m)
  • Superheater -|- Yes
  • Cylinders -|- Two, inside
  • Cylinder Size -|- 17 in x 24 in (432mm x 610mm)
  • Valve Gear -|- Stephenson
  • Valve Type -|- Piston valves
  • Tractive Effort - 21,250 lbf (94.5kN)

Current Status

  • Status -|- In Service
  • Location -|- Buckfastleigh
  • Livery -|- GWR Roundel Plain Green
  • Boiler Ticket -|- 2022

Pictures

If you have any images of any of our locomotives, at any time or any place and don’t mind letting us use them, then please get in touch with us.

5542 at Staverton - Robert Sherwood
5542 and auto coach 233 on Nursery Pool Bridge - Robert Sherwood

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Company

South Devon Railway Trust, Registered Office:
The Station, Dartbridge Road, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0DZ
Registered in England No. 01150799
Registered Charity No. 800299

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