5526 departing South Devon Railway for Gloucestershire and warwickshire Steam Railway Credit: South Devon Railway FB Page
5526 departing South Devon Railway for Gloucestershire and warwickshire Steam Railway Credit: South Devon Railway FB Page

South Devon Railway based 5526 has gone to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway for a visit over the winter and will return in the new year.

More Information on 5526

5526, a 2-6-2T, is a GWR 4575 Class Locomotive. Built in May 1928 at Swindon Works, first stabled at St Blazy and ending up at Westbury shed.

5526 was withdrawn in June 1962.

Brought by Barry, spending 23 years rusting away at their scrapyard.

5526 at South Devon Railway // Credit: South Devon Railway FB Page
5526 at South Devon Railway // Credit: South Devon Railway FB Page

Rescued in 1985, 5526’s new owners moved her to Swindon where restoration commenced.

5526 Ltd, based at Buckfastleigh, where 5526 was moved to and restoration was finished. SDR has been 5526’s home ever since.

At GWSR, 5526’s main duties will be hauling Santa Specials along the line (this is on 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 December) and the loco will be hauling service trains on the 26th December and 1st January.