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5542 is a GWR 4575 Class 2-6-2T "small prairie" tank engine which was built in 1928 and withdrawn by British Railways in December 1961, she spent the next fourteen years in a scrapyard before being acquired for preservation.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.
Catch up with all the activity on all our current projects at the West Somerset Railway Autumn Gala. Our Display and sales stand will be open for business on Saturday and Sunday in the Swindon Shed. Why not pop in for a chat and browse our sales items. We will also be pleased to receive any surplus transport related items for resale. Your surplus hardwood is also always welcome.
02/12/2013 A few photos of the annual steam test at Toddington last week added to the News Page
01/07/2013 report on new bearings on News Page
07/06/2013 Locomotive 5542 Ltd have bought another autotrailer - W233W, see 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 02/12/13
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