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1466 - The Original GWS Locomotive

1466 - The Original GWS Locomotive

In April 1964 this little 14xx 0–4–2T became the first engine to be taken into preservation by the Great Western Society.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if 1466 could be overhauled in time to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Great Western Society in 2021?

Mechanically the engine is in reasonable condition, but it is known that a new backplate, firebox side plating and possibly a new boiler barrel will be needed. Until the locomotive is dismantled it cannot be certain exactly how much the final cost will be, but one estimate is around £150,000.

If you can help, contact: Chris Herridge, Great Western Society, Didcot Railway Centre, Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 7NJ. Tel: +44 (0) 1235 817200 or e-mail info@didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk

Download the 1466 appeal form (688 kb .pdf file)

For up to date information on restoration progress see 1466's own Facebook page.

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