6697Built: 19280-6-2T
6697 - 18th September 2011

The 0-6-2 wheel arrangement was common on the South Wales railways absorbed by the GWR in 1923. The 55XX class was urgently introduced as a standard replacement for many of the absorbed engines, which their previous owners had allowed to become very run-down. Their work in the Welsh Valleys needed locomotives with high adhesion rather than speed, so weight was not wasted by being spread over small non-driven wheels.

The need for 200 of these engines was so urgent that some were, unusually, built for the GWR by private contractors. All were completed by October 1928, when the last twenty, which included 6697, were received from Armstrong Whitworth of Newcastle (Works No 985).

Purchased by the by the Bristol Group of the Society from Croes Newydd (Wrexham) depot in 1966, where with No. 5605 it had become the last of the class in service, 6697 went to the Society's Ashchurch depot, being transferred to Didcot in 1970. The engine ran at Didcot until the late 70s when a flue tube collapsed when the loco was running on the main demonstration line. The locomotive it is now on static display.

She has recently been cosmetically restored in an unlined green livery with the GWR in unshaded lettering.

6697 at Chester in 1967 6697 - 21st April 2000 6697 - 7th May 2001 6697 -

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Wheel Arrangement 0 - 6 - 2T
Cylinders (2) 18 x 26 inches
Driving wheel diameter 4 feet 7.5 inches
Tractive Effort 25,800 pounds
Weight 62 tons 18 cwt.
Coal Capacity 3 tons 15 cwt.
Water Capacity 1,900 gallons
Route Availability Red
Power Class D
Boiler type Standard No. 2
Boiler pressure 200 lbs/sq in
Barrel maximum dia. 5 feet
Barrel length 11 feet 4 inches
Area of firegrate 20.4 sq ft
Heating surfaces, firebox 121.8 sq ft
Heating surfaces, tubes 1145 sq ft
Superheater Area 82.3 sq ft
CURRENT STATUS: Static Display


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