South Devon Railway train arriving at Buckfastleigh on 5th September 2015. The locomotive is GWR Class 2251 no. 3205, designed by C. B. Collett and entered service from Swindon Works in 1946. It is the only survivor of the last design of 0-6-0 tender engines to be built in the UK. Withdrawn in 1965, it was later discovered on a farm where it had suffered the indignity of being used as a chicken coop. Rescued and restored, it spent time at the Severn Valley and West Somerset Railways before taking up permanent residence at the South Devon Railway in 1998. Overhauled between 2006 and 2010, it was repainted in 2014 in the 1960s livery of British Rail Western Region so that it now looks as it did just prior to its withdrawal.
Photographer: David Bosher
Contact photographer: David Bosher
Image number: 73121