Aug 05 2011
The GWRPG’s Collett Class 2884 GWR Heavy Goods Steam Locomotive 2885 2-8-0 is for sale.
The locomotive was built at the Swindon Locomotive and Carriage Works, completed March 1938.
Two careful owners.
Full Service History Available.
This ex-GWR locomotive is available for sale from the GWR Preservation Group Limited, (GWRPG) based in Southall, Middlesex and is currently on exhibition at Moor Street Station, Birmingham. Interested Parties should first contact Group Chairman, Bob Gorringe, on 0208 574 1529 during daytime hours.
This loco’, when new, cost £4,285.00 which included £1147.00 for the boiler and took seven weeks to construct at the Swindon Locomotive and Carriage Works. The tender cost an extra £1503.00. It was generally used for freight and coal transport use, but it sometimes pulled a rake of passenger stock during busy holiday periods.
It was first used at Pontypool Road depot and continued its working life in Banbury, Swindon, Stourbridge, Tyseley, Newport and finally Severn Tunnel Junction. Total mileage covered was 728,395 miles when records ceased during December 1963. The locomotive was connected to fourteen tenders during its life until it was withdrawn from service on 22nd January 1964 and sold to Woodham Brothers for scrap.
GWRPG purchased it in March 1981 with a view to full restoration. It now stands at Moor Street Station Birmingham, cosmetically restored, as an exhibit at an unused platform for the general public to see.
A full and comprehensive history is available on its shed use, mileage, tender connections and general specification. This was prepared by GWRPG member and railway historian Bill Peto.
More details can be made available from GWRPG Chairman Bob Gorringe on 0208 574 1529