Third visiting steam locomotive confirmed for South Devon’s 50th Anniversary Gala

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GWR 94XX 0-6-0PT no. 9466 on the tail end of the train as it awaits the inaugral 12:30 departure to Worthing. // Credit: Greg Kiteos

Great Western Railway 94XX No.9466 has been announced by the South Devon Railway as the third visiting guest to join in on the line’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations.

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number, starting to replace the 94XXs from the late 1950s onwards. 9466 lasted until Summer 1964, where the engine was withdrawn and sold to Barry Scrapyard.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.

About the Gala

One of the key events of the SDR’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations is an eight-day steam gala. Running between Saturday 6th to Sunday 14th of April 2019, guest engines 9466, 1450 and 6430 join the line’s home fleet tanks 5526 and 6412 to haul trains to an intensive timetable. There will be many other activities to participate in during the gala.

No.6430 Moving Coaches at the End of the Day // Credit Jamie Duggan, RailAdvent

For more information or to buy your tickets, please visit the South Devon Railway’s website here.

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