Steam locomotive No. 9466 announced as mystery guest loco for West Somerset Railway Spring Steam Gala

9466 // Credit GWR Hawksworth Large Pannier Tank 9466 FB Page
9466 // Credit GWR Hawksworth Large Pannier Tank 9466 FB Page

The West Somerset Railway (WSR) has announced that Great Western Railway (GWR) 94XX No. 9466 is the mystery guest locomotive for their Spring Steam Gala.

About the gala

9466 makes the perfect mystery guest for the gala, with the theme being GWR branch lines and routes. Joining fellow GWR locomotives from various classes, both big and small, the Gala has got all the right engines to recreate a branch line setting.

About 9466

One of the last designs produced for the GWR by Hawksworth. The class first appeared in 1947, just before the GWR became the Western Region under British Railways.

9466 was built by Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns in 1951, with the engine being allocated to Worcester (85A) in early 1952.

The class was unfortunate in that diesel shunters were increasing in number, starting to replace the 94XXs from the late 1950s onwards. 9466 lasted until Summer 1964, where the engine was withdrawn and sold to Barry Scrapyard.

Saved from Barry in 1977, 9466 returned to steam at Quainton Road Railway Centre in the Mid 1980s. Throughout preservation, 9466 has run on both mainline and preserved lines. The tank currently wears BR Unlined Black with Early Crest.

  • Also GWR Modified Halls Nos 6960 Raveingham Hall and 6990 Witherslack Hall GWR Pannia Tank 0-6-0PT 57xx No 7714 GWR Auto Tank 2-4-0T No 1450 and Auto Coach no 178 BR(WR) Manor Class 4-6-0 No 7822 Foxcote Manor S&DJR 7F Fowler Class BR LMS 2-8-0 No 53808 S&DJR Peckett Saddle Tank 0-4-0ST Kilmersdon and Andrew Barclay 0-4-0T Caledonian Works it is a shame that GWR/WSR Mogul Class 2-6-0 No 9351 and BR(WR) Manor Class 4-6-0 No 7828 Odney Manor will not be ready in time for the 22-25 Great Western Routes and Branches Spring Steam Gala