4930

On 7 March 2007 GWR 4930 Hagley Hall completed its loan to the Swindon Works now designer shopping complex, to return to SVR to feature in the new Engine House visitor centre, stopping off on the way at its namesake Hagley Hall home of Lord and Lady Cobham.

Another Collett design, it was built in 1929 and started at Stafford Road depot, then Chester, Tyseley and Leamington. Following service in the south west it finished at Old Oak Common and Swindon, and withdrawn in 1963 with a working life of nearly 1.3m miles. By May 1964 4930 was at Barry, and SVRH bought it in June 1972.

After six years of restoration 4930 entered service in 1979, and hauled the reopening train to Kidderminster in 1984. Main line appearances included the GWR 150 celebrations in 1985 with 4930 and 7819 double heading

The failure of several boiler stays towards the end of its ticket caused withdrawal in 1986, and into store in BH Shed. Opportunity arose to be a static exhibit at Swindon in 1999.

Since 2013 the Friends group have fundraised furiously with impressive results, and ESMP staff and volunteers have been working on the overhaul and restoration – supported in large part by the SVRCT.

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