The Swindon & Cricklade Railway and the 5637 Steam Locomotive Group have announced that ex-GWR 0-6-2T No. 5637 will return to its home at the end of March 2020.
This follows the completion of its duties at the East Somerset Railway.
5637 will be moved to the Swindon & Cricklade Railway after the Gala Weekend at the East Somerset Railway on the 21st and 22nd March 2020.
The locomotive’s boiler ticket expires in April 2020 and the 10-year overhaul will commence at the S&CR with a 2022 completion date set.
What did the officials say?
Allan Bott of the S&CR stated
“This is another great acquisition for the Swindon & Cricklade Railway, not only will we have another fantastic Swindon built locomotive on site, it also sees the return of a much-loved locomotive following a twenty-year absence. 5637 is a powerful locomotive that will supplement the steam loco fleet and gives us two ex-GWR locomotives.”
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