GWR Pannier locomotive 9466 has been made available for hire over the Christmas period, according to owner Jonathan Jones Pratt.
Its current home, the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, do not require the locomotive’s services in December, which makes it a prime time for another railway to hire the locomotive.
The locomotive is available for hire in December only, the locomotive has been running at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway successfully in October, and it is planned to be used additionally in November.
Ecclesbourne plans to use the locomotive for most of 2021 from April to September, so the available hire in is only a short period.
If you are interested in hiring 9466, please email [email protected]
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number, starting to replace the 94XXs from the late 1950s onwards. 9466 lasted until Summer 1964, where the engine was withdrawn and sold to Barry Scrapyard.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.
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