5643-Clive-Hanley-300x2245643 was built at Swindon Works in October, 1925. It spent its entire working life in South Wales, and was withdrawn from Barry Shed in July 1963, moving the short distance to the now famous Woodham’s scrapyard in Barry. Woodham’s did not scrap 5643 and it first went to Cwmbran in September, 1971 before going on the Steamtown at Carnforth.

The locomotive is now owned by the Furness Railway Trust and was returned to steam in September, 2006. It is based at the Llangollen Railway but has visited many preserved railways. 5643 had been withdrawn from service in October, 2011 after developing some weeping around some boiler tubes and stays as well as a broken rivet in the foundation ring. Although the locomotive still had two years to go on its 10 yearly boiler “ticket”, the need to lift the boiler to address the rivet meant the best way forward was to bring forward the heavy general overhaul. It is now operational again and will be a welcome visitor to the GCR.

No.5643 arrived on the GCR on 13th January, 2014 and left on 5th February, 2014.

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