6412 0-6-0PT

6412 0-6-0PT

6412 0-6-0PT

6412 0-6-0PT

6412 0-6-0PT

6412 0-6-0PT

About

Built in Swindon in 1934, 6412 is one of the 40-strong 64xx class of C. B. Collett-designed Great Western Railway pannier tanks, which were to be found on most parts of the GWR system.

Unlike most of the thousand or so pannier tanks built by the GWR over the years for shunting, short haul freight and light passenger duties, the 64xx class was fitted for working push and pull or, in GWR parlance, auto trains. This allowed for quick turnaround at terminus stations and removed the need for run-round facilities.

6412 is one of three members of the class to have been purchased for preservation and arrived at Buckfastleigh in the mid 1960s, along with fellow class members 6430 and 6435, straight from service with the Western Region of British Railways.

Restored at Buckfastleigh, 6412 had the honour of hauling the first train to run on our line on re-opening day, 5th April 1969. When the then owners of our line purchased the Paignton to Kingswear line in the early 1970s, 6412 was transferred there before being sold in 1976 to the West Somerset Railway.

There, it repeated its ‘first loco’ role, hauling the WSR’s inaugural train later that year, before gaining stardom as the Flockton Flyer in the 1977 children’s television programme produced by Southern Independent Television about the Carter family who move to a small village and take over the running of a preserved railway line.

In 2008, aware that the locomotive had become too small for use on the WSR, the West Somerset Railway Association agreed to sell her to the SDR and, in 2009, 6412 came ‘back home’.

6430 is now on the Llangollen Railway and 6435 is on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway.

Specifications

  • Power -|- Steam
  • Designer -|- Charles Collett
  • Builder -|- GWR - Swindon Works
  • Build Date -|- 1934
  • Cost -|- £3,602 - including boiler
  • Class -|- 64xx
  • Total of Class Produced -|- 40
  • Configuration -|- 0-6-0PT
  • 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 -|- 45.6 long tons (102,144 lbs or 46,330kg)
  • Water Cap. -|- 1,100 gal (5,000 L or 1,300 US gal)
  • Fuel type -|- Coal
  • Firegrate Area -|- 16.76 sq ft (1.557 sq m)
  • Boiler Pressure -|- 165 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 -|- No
  • Cylinders -|- Two, inside
  • Cylinder Size -|- 1612 in x 24 in (419mm x 610mm)
  • Valve Gear -|- Stephenson
  • Valve Type -|- Piston valves
  • Tractive Effort - 16,510 lbf (73.4kN)

Current Status

  • Status -|- In Service
  • Location -|- Buckfastleigh
  • Livery -|- BR Lined Green
  • Boiler Ticket -|- 2025

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.

6412 and 4555 at Buckfastleigh in 1969 - Simon Hicks
6412 with 3 autos near Hood Bridge - Robert Sherwood

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