GWR Hall Class 4-6-0 № 5967 “Bickmarsh Hall”

№ 5967 “Bickmarsh Hall” began its working life in the Midlands working out of the sheds at Chester, Oxley and Banbury. In the mid 1950s the locomotive moved to Newton Abbot in the West Country. Here it would have helped in summer with all the numerous holiday expresses and relief services that passed through on their way to and from the popular resorts in Devon and Cornwall. In 1960 the locomotive moved onto Westbury and then a few months later to Old Oak Common in London. For its last year in service it returned to Westbury once again before making its final journey to Woodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, following withdrawal.

“Bickmarsh Hall” left Woodham Brothers Scrapyard in 1994 for preservation and storage at the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway whilst awaiting restoration. She arrived at the NLR in January 2008.

You can follow the restoration of “Bickmarsh Hall” at the locomotive’s own Facebook page:

GWR Hall Class № 5967 “Bickmarsh Hall” stands resplendent in the midday sun,
south of Bridge 13 on 1st February 2008

Hall GWR 4-6-0
Class: 4900 — Hall Works №: 5967
Built: 1937 Builder: Swindon Works
Cylinders: 18&frac12 in x 30 in Driving Wheel Diameter: 6 ft 0 in
Weight: 121 ton Maximum Design Speed: N/A
Boiler Pressure: 225 psi Maximum Tractive Effort: 27,275 lbf
Made Redundant / Withdrawn: June 1964 Date Preserved: 1994
Arrived at NLR: 28th January 2008 Current Status: Under Restoration