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.

5526 was completed at Swindon Factory in May 1928 at a cost of £3694, including the boiler. She spent almost her whole life in the west country having been shedded at St Blazey, Bodmin, Exeter, Plymouth Millbay, Laira and Truro, ending her main line days at Westbury in June 1962 when she was sold for scrap to Woodhams in Barry after travelling in the region of 900,000 miles.

In the early days of preservation, sister engine 4555 was the first locomotive to arrive on the line in preservation days in 1965 and was a regular performer on the line after it was re-opened. Later, 4555 was joined by 4588. These two engines are now on the Paignton and Dartmouth Railway.

5526 was rescued from Barry scrapyard in 1985, going first to Swindon where restoration started, before being purchased by SDR based 5526 Ltd who moved her to Buckfastleigh where restoration was completed.

5526, one of 14 members of the class to survive, is currently painted in Great Western green livery.

Specifications

  • Power -|- Steam
  • Designer -|- Charles Collett
  • Builder -|- GWR - Swindon Works
  • Build Date -|- May 1928
  • Cost -|- £3,694 - 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 -|- Great Western Plain Green
  • Boiler Ticket -|- 2027

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.

5526 in April 2019
5526 in BR Black Livery in January 2010

5526 in the News

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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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