This is the website for ex GWR Locomotive 5542
5542 is a GWR 4575 Class 2-6-2T "small prairie" tank engine which was built in 1928 and withdrawn by British Railways in December 1961, she spent the next fourteen years in a scrapyard before being acquired for preservation.
After many years of hard work restoring her she entered traffic on the West Somerset Railway in autumn 2002, she has since moved to work on a number of other heritage lines and her first 10 year boiler overhaul in preservation has just been completed. While she was on the West Somerset she was dubbed "The Planet's Favourite Prairie" by her dedicated bunch of followers - many of whom have photos of her on this site.
5542 will be in action at several galas during 2013:-
24 to 27 May 2013 5542 will be running at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Cotswold Steam Celebration
5542 was working on the SDR during their Easter Gala, photo added to SDR 2013
Photos of 5542 on the WSR with auto 178 now on WSR 2013 - many more added 19/03/2013
16 to 24 March 2013 is the West Somerset Railway's Spring Steam Gala, 5542 will be operating on several days, mostly with the Autotrailer.
Photos of 5542 being loaded onto a lowloader added to News Page
16/02/2013 5542 was in action - with auto-trailers front and rear, photos on SDR 2013.
19, 23 & 27/01/2013 photos of the progress with winter maintenance added to News Page
06/11/2012 arrangements for the use of 5542 during the period March 2013 until the end of the 2016 season added to News Page
If you require some space on your bookshelves we will be pleased to receive your surplus transport related items for resale.
2012 10 year boiler overhaul click here for the full story and photos - updated 30/05/2012
If you've been impressed with the timescale of the overhaul process and our 'blow by blow 'account of what's involved a quick visit to the 'Donations' page might just help us a little.
On this site there are details of this overhaul, current and archived news of her working, technical details, histories of her mainline service and initial restoration; and photos of her at work on Fans Photographs and Railways There's a full list of pages on Site Map. There's new videos of her working on Videos
We have been asked how you can help us with donations so there is now a new page Donations
5542's owning group are also restoring GWR Autotrailer 169, click on the banner to visit the site with all the news and details of the appeal for this project.
With the 15.30 Auto service from Bishops Lydeard to Norton Fitzwarren on 02/10/2011 5542 propels its penultimate service of the first 10 year boiler certificate past Longlands Farm. Photo copyright John Wood
Within 90 minutes of the above photo 5542 was loaded and departing for Buckfastleigh Photo copyright John Wood
With just 4 days remaining on its 10 year boiler certificate 5542 drifts into Williton at the head of a short engineers train 29/09/11 (copyright John Wood)
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This site was last updated 14/05/13
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