Llangollen Railway announces steam locomotive visitor for 2022

Llangollen Railway have announced that they will host GWR 0-6-2T No 5619 for the 2022 season.

Arriving before the end of next week (at the time of writing) for a 12 month stay, the locomotive will require ongoing repairs and an annual review before the locomotive enters passenger service, which depending on the path Llangollen Railway, should be in time for Easter.

5619 was built in 1925 and currently resides at the Telford Steam Railway, owner of the locomotive and to whom the locomotive visits Llangollen Railway courtesy.

No. 5619 is the oldest surviving member of the 56XX class, built at Swindon Works in March 1925. The 56XX were primarily built to replace the hundreds of engines taken over by the GWR in the 1923 grouping.

None of these engines followed the standardization practices established by GWR. This therefore led the GWR to decide to build a new class of tanks to operate on the newly absorbed lines. The 0-6-2 wheel layout proved popular with most absorbed companies, leading the GWR to incorporate the wheel layout into the 56XX design.

5619 was finally retired in June 1964, where the engine was then sent to the famous Barry Scrapyard. The engine was later restored and has been seen running on various heritage lines around the country.

A Llangollen Railway spokesman said: ‘We are very grateful to our friends at Telford Steam Railway for gifting us with this superb locomotive, which will look very much at home in the valley of the Dee. Bring it on!”

Jose P. Rogers