Above: 9F 2-10-0 no. 92203 forging north over the Mendips with the Pines Express.  Or not, in reality, the picturew was taken on 1 January 2010 at Far Stanley on the GWSR.  The locomotive is visiting for the Cotswold Festival of Steam - its first foray away from it's host railway, the North Norfolk Railway, since it moved there from the GWSR in 2011 (Pic: Jack Boskett)


Updated 15 April 2022 

Sentinel 4wvb no. 7109 Joyce - two of these quirky machines were a familiar sight shunting at Radstock on the S & D (Pic Sean Dudden)

Rebuilt West Country class pacific 34028 Eddystone prepares to depart Swanage station on 28 September 2021 (Pic Ian Crowder)


Ivatt 2-6-2T no. 41312 on its home turf at the Mid-Hants Railway, 18 October 2020 (pic Kenny Felstead)


Ivatt 2-6-0 no. 46521 last visited the GWSR for the 'Swindon Built' Cotswold Festival of Steam in 2016 and is seen here on 28th May that year pulling away from Gotherington with a demonstration freight train (Pic Jack Boskett)

Big sister to Eddystone: Resident Merchant Navy class pacific no. 35006 Peninsular & Oriental SN Co basks in the sun at Toddington depot on 12 March 2022 (pic Ian Crowder)

GWR 2-8-0T no. 4270, at 103 years old, is currently the oldest locomotive on the GWSR following withdrawal of 2807 for overhaul on 1 January 2020.  Here 4270 is seen between Toddington and Winchcombe with a freight - a sight that will be repeated at the Gala this year (Pic Malcolm Ranieri)

BR(W) Modified Hall no. 7903 Foremarke Hall between Toddington and Hayles Abbey (Pic Malcolm Ranieri)BR (W) Manor 4-6-0 no. 7820 Dinmore Manor pulls away from Broadway on 19 April 2019 (Pic Ian Crowder)

On the 2ft gauge North Gloucestershire Narrow Gauge Railway you can expect to see at least two locomotives in steam.  (Pic Malcolm Ranieri)

Visiting locomotives are now being lined up for the Somerset & Dorset-themed 'Cotswold Festivel of Steam' (3-5 June 2022)


Locomotives in order of age - visitors:


Sentinel 4wvb, no. 7109 Joyce,  built 1927

(Courtesy of the Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust)

Now for something completely different! Quirky Sentinel no. 7109 Joyce was built in 1927 by Sentinel Waggon Works in Shrewsbury which is much more widely associated with its steam road waggons.  Joyce bears very little resemblance to a conventional steam engine both in terms of appearance and the noise it makes.  It is powered by a pair of 100hp twin cylinder, double acting transverse engines at the front with geared and chain transmission to its four wheels.  The engines are supplied with steam from a superheated vertical coal-fired water-tube boiler (conventional engines have fire-tube boilers) which works at 275 lb/sq.in. pressure. An equally unusual feature is that the locomotive has four chimneys – two for each engine.  The boiler is fed with water from a tank between the frames via two engine-driven pumps when working and a separate steam pump when stationary.

Joyce was the first of eight pre-war locomotives of this type and trials led to further development.  Two were bought by the Somerset & Dorset railway for shunting purposes at Radstock and became a familiar feature of the S&D.

Joyce is presented in black LMS livery as no. 7109 and will be working throughout the Cotswold Festival of Steam at Winchcombe shunting wagons and will run into the station between services.  There will be ample opportunity for visitors to get up close to examine this striking machine and visit the cab.  This is without doubt the most unusual steam locomotive ever to visit the GWSR and an opportunity not to be missed!  The engine is also expected to work a passenger train between Toddington and Winchcombe each day (timetable yet to be confirmed).

     GWSR is grateful to Andy Chapman and the Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust at Midsomer Norton for bringing Joyce to the event.


Bulleid/Jarvis rebuilt West Country class 4-6-2 no. 34028 Eddystone, built 1946, rebuilt 1958

(Courtesy of Southern Locomotives Ltd and the Swanage Railway)

Built at Brighton works as 21C128 under designer OVS Bulleid's French-style numbering scheme, Eddystone initially worked Kent Coast services to and from Victoria and Cannon Street.  Following nationalisation of the railways in 1948 and becoming 34028, the engine moved to Exmouth Junction and worked top-link services such as the Atlantic Coast Express and Devon Belle.  In 1958, Eddystone entered Eastleigh Works to become the first 'light pacific' to be rebuilt from its original air-smoothed appearance to more conventional form under the direction of R G Jarvis, keeping the best of Bulleid's design but replacing the troublesome chain-driven valve gear with Walschearts gear, amongst other things. After rebuilding 34028 was transferred to Bournemouth where it became a regular performer on the Somerset & Dorset route to Bath, often being put in charge of the 'Pines Express'. In 1964, the engine racked up another 'first' - this time as the first of the class to be withdrawn and it was sent to Woodham's scrap yard at Barry, in South Wales. Becasue of several suspected problems such as a cracked frame and wasted firebox, to say nothing of a bent axle and almost anything easily removable missing - including the tender, the engine was a late departure from the yard in 1986.  The long process of overhaul and construction of a new tender saw the engine steamed for the first time in 2003.  Its boiler certificate expired in 2014 and the engine was again overhauled at the Herston works of Southern Locomotives Limited and returned to steam for the second time in preservation in 2021.  As a former S&D performer the engine is likely to be one of the undoubted stars of the show!


Ivatt class 2 2-6-2T no. 41312, built 1952

(Courtesy of the Mid-Hants Railway)

A member of a class also associated with the S & D, this is the secont time this rather delightful locomotive has visited the GWSR - the first time some 20 years ago!  41312 is one of the excellent designs of H G Ivatt which went on to inspire several of the smaller Standard classes that followed.  Completed at Crewe in 1952, the engine was immediately allocated to the SR - firstly Faversham, then Ashford before going to Barnstaple Junction to work the Torrnington branch. In 1963 it moved to Bournemouth where it was mainly used to work over the Swanage and Lymington branches and it worked the last steam-hauled train to Lymington in April 1967. The final three months of its BR service were spent working empty stock between Clapham and Waterloo, lasting to the end of SR steam on 3 July 1967, when it worked under its own steam to Salisbury for storage.  From there it was bought for scrap by Woodhams of Barry, South Wales.  The engine was rescued in 1974 by the Caerphilly Railway Society before being purchased by John Jones in 1995, moving to Ropley on the Mid-Hants Railway.  It entered service there on New Year's Day 1999.  It has since undergone a further overhaul at Ropley, re-entering service in 2016.  It is now owned by the Mid-Hants Railway.  Although for a time based at Bournemouth the engine is not through to have worked on the S & D - however a number of its sisters did do so, with allocations at Bath Green Park for services to Glastonbury; and Templecombe, used for local and banking duties.  Sister 41249 worked the last Highbridge branch trains on 7 March 1966.


Ivatt class 2MT 2-6-0 no. 46521, built 1953

(courtesy of Loughborough Standard Locomotives Limited / Charles Newton Trust and the Great Central Railway)

To be honest, the Ivatt 2-6-0 has nothing to do with the Somerset & Dorset but the engine was offered to the GWSR for the summer (until end of August) and it will be a delight to welcome the engine once more to our railway.  This is its third visit - it was on the GWSR for  an extended stary in 1993 and visited again for the 2016 Cotswold Festival of Steam - and fair to say it has always been popular amongst crews and visitors to the line.  46521 was completed at Swindon in February 1953 and alloocated to Oswestry from new, later allocations including Brecon and Machynlleth so it spent all of its short BR life in Wales.  It was overhauled at Crewe in 1963 for Royal Train duties in North Wales.  It was withdrawn from Mchynlleth in October 1966 and bought by Woodhams, Barry in South Wales, for scrap.  In 1969 it was rescued by Charles Newton for overhaul at the Severn Valley Railway where it entered service in 1974.  However, needing boiler repairs it was withdrawn and folllowing overhaul, re-entered service, working until 1985.  A third period of service began in 1991, moving to the Great Central Railway at Loughborough in 2001.  Undergoing overhaul again, it re-entered service in late 2011 and it will be withdrawn later this year for a further overhaul. 


British Railways 9F class 2-10-0 no. 92203 Black Prince

The 9F class became synon ymous with the Somerset & Dorset Railway during its latter days when these outstandingly successful locomotives proved their mettle over the switchback route over the Mendips handling both freight and express passengher services.  Indeed, 92203 for a time worked over the Bath Green Park-Brournemouth route.  Introduced in 1954, this was the last of the Standard designs and the last steam locomotives to be built for British Railways, the last famously being 92220 Evening Star, which was turned out of Swindon works in 1960.  In 1959, 92203 was also completed at Swindon works, one of the 53 completed at the former Great Western Railway works.  The rest of the 251 members of the class were built at Crewe.  92203 was purchased by wildlife artist David Shepherd straight out of BR service after steam haulage on the Birkenhead to Shotton Steelworks iron ore trains ended in November 1967.  The locomotive, along with Standard class 4 4-6-0 no. 75029, was transferred to the Longmoor Military Railway in 1968 and this is where David Shepherd named the locomotive Black Prince.  92203 later moved to Eastleigh Works, then the East Somerset Railway before coming to the GWSR where it put in several years' service.  In 2010, the railway suffered a catastrophic embankment collapse at 'Chicken Curve' just north of Winchcombe Station, effectively dividing the railway.  It was decided to move the railway's steam locomotives to Winchcombe where they would temporarily be based.  Unfortunately, Black Prince was too large to get through the tight bends by road transport to get into the yard at Winchcombe station for unloading.  The engine remained at Toddington and agreement was reached with David Shepherd and the North Norfolk Railway for it to move there.  The NNR then in 2016 purchased the engine from David Shepherd and it is now looked after by the Friends of Black Prince. This is the engine's first visit away from its home line since it moved away from the GWSR and there is little doubt that it will be very warmly welcomed back to its former home.


Locomotives in order of age - residents:


Churchward 4200 class 2-8-0T no. 4270, built 1919

This locomotive spent its entire working life in South Wales handling mineral traffic.  Essentially, it is a tank locomotive version of the 2800 class and in fact, was the only 2-8-0 tank locomotive class to run in the UK.  The majority were used to handle coal and other mineral traffic, primarily in South Wales, where high power was needed to convey mineral traffic over relatively short distances and over often steeply-graded routes.  It is a pleasingly attractive engine that returned to steam for the first time since withdrawal from British Railways in 1962 just in time for the 2014 Cotswold Festival of Steam. The locomotive has been subject to an extremely comprehensive restoration both at Toddington and off-site.


Bulleid Merchant Navy class 4-6-2 no. 35006 Peninsular & Oriental SN Co,  built 1941

The powerful Merchant Navy class are associated with the heaviest express passenger services on the Southern Railway's routes from Waterloo to Bournemouth and to the West Country. Although they did not work over the 'S & D', their smaller West Country and Battle of Britain class sisters did. The class of 30 locomotives was ostensibly a mixed traffic design introduced by O V S Bulleid in 1947 to a highly unconventional  'air-smoothed' boiler casing and incorporating many new features (in fact, similar to visiting 34072). Although the engines were extremely capable, the design was let down by the innovative features incorporated.  As a result, the entire class were rebuilt to conventional appearance during the late 1950s, as 35006 is now presented. 35006 was  withdrawn from service in August 1964 having spent its entire working life allocated to Salisbury.  It was the second locomotive to arrive at Toddington, from the scrapyard at Barry, South Wales, in 1983.  It moved for the first time in preservation on 10 August 2015. You can find out more about the Merchant Navy class on our feature pages.


Hawksworth Modified Hall class 4-6-0 no. 7903 Foremarke Hall, built 1949

The Great Western Railway's standard mixed traffic locomotives were the numerous Hall class 4-6-0s introduced in 1924 by C B Collett as a development of Churchward's 'Saint' class.  The Halls were extremely successful, economical and versatile - as at home with fast freight as they were with express passenger trains.  When F W Hawksworth became Chief Mechanical Engineer at Swindon in 1941, he set about making a number of design changes to the class, the result being the 'Modified Hall' which was introduced in 1944.  Production continued until 1950, after nationalisation of the railways.  Foremarke Hall was completed in 1949.  Restored to working order in 2004, this popular locomotive has proved to be an extremely reliable performer over the ten years before its '10 year' overhaul, re-entering service just in time for the 2017 Cotswold Festival of Steam.


Collett Manor class 4-6-0  7820 Dinmore Manor, built 1950

The Manor class is a smaller version of the earlier 'Grange' class designed by C B Collett and introduced in 1938.  The Second World War interrupted production, which resumed in 1950 after the Great Western Railway had been nationalised to become the Western Region of British Railways. With a light axle loading the 30 'Manors' were very much at home handling freight as well as passenger trains and were particularly associated with secondary main lines such as the Cambrian route to the West coast of Wales.  Indeed, the class famously handled the 'Cambrian Coast Express' which started from Paddington usually behind a 'Castle' class locomotive, the 'Manor' taking over from Shrewsbury. No. 7820 was the first post-war member of the class.


On the North Gloucestershire narrow gauge line at Toddingston station


(Trips on the line free to ticket holders)

You can expect to see at least two 2ft. gauge steam locomotives opertating over this delightful 2ft-gauge line.  Those available for traffic are:

  • Henschel & Sohn 0-8-0T no. 1901 of 1919
  • Hunslet 0-4-2T no. 2075 Chakaskraal no. 6 of 1940
  • Chrzanow 0-6-0T no. 3512 Tourska of 1957