Great Western Railway 94XX Class 0-6-0 Pannier Tank No.9466

No.9466 is a member of the GWR 94XX Class designed by F W Hawksworth and first introduced in 1947. The engines were designed for shunting and short trip working.

After the nationalisation of the railways in 1948 the new British Railways Board decided to build further members of the class. 200 were ordered with 150 being built by outside contractors.

No.9466 was built in 1952 by Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns at Darlington. It was first allocated to Worcester where it was used for shunting and pilot work but also worked on local passenger and freight duties to Malvern and Evesham. In 1960 it was overhauled at the Wolverhampton Stafford Road Works and was then allocated to Bristol. With the rapid dieselisation of shunting duties on the Western Region the 94XX class suffered rapid withdrawals. 9466 itself was transferred to Tondu in 1962 and then Radyr in 1963 before withdrawn for scrap in 1964 after a working life of only twelve years.

9466 was sent to Woodham's scrapyard in Barry and spent 11 years there before going to Quainton Road in 1975. In 1977 it was purchased by Dennis Howells and restored over an eight year period. It has always been active on the national network and has been restored and maintained to main line standards. It will be particularly remembered for its long association with the Steam on the Met railtours. Between trips on the main line it has visited numerous preserved railways but 2012 marked its first visit to the Great Central Railway.

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