We have three steam locomotives based at the East Somerset Railway.
Barclay 0-4-0ST No.1719 'Lady Nan' was built by Andrew Barclay & Sons Company Limited in 1920.
1719 has had an array of names including 'Hurlford Fireclay Works No.2' and 'Glenfield No.2'.
By early 1966, 1719 was offered for sale but was not sold until March 1972 to a local scrap merchant and later that month she was resold just before scrapping was due to commence.
1719 was moved for storage purposes to the National Coal Board in Northumberland on 14th April 1972, then on the 6th May 1973 she was moved to Radstock for a further period of storage, until 5th November 1975 when she moved to the East Somerset Railway.
1719 was still known as 'Glenfield No.2' when a complete overhaul began in 1978 and in 1984 she was purchased by Nan and Dick Bellchambers. Shortly after the purchase, the overhaul was completed and she emerged in 1985 in blue livery, renamed 'Lady Nan'.
'Lady Nan' was hired to the National Railway Museum at York but she returned to the East Somerset Railway during 2000.
In March 2005, a second overhaul of 'Lady Nan' began and she returned to service in 2007. The third overhaul was far quicker and took place over several months in 2017, letting 'Lady Nan' get back to proudly running our Driver for a Tenner!
200 locomotives of the 56xx class were built by the Great Western Railway in the 1920's.
Ex GWR 56XX Class 0-6-2T 5637 worked in the South Wales coalfields under the GWR and passed on to British Rail when the GWR was nationalised.
With the end of steam on British Railways, 5637 was withdrawn from service and sent to Woodhams Scrapyard.
In the late 1970's, 5637 was purchased for preservation by the GW Steam Loco Fund (now the 5637 Steam Locomotive Group) and taken to the Swindon & Cricklade Railway. The locomotive was gradually restored to running condition in primitive working conditions and in 1998, 5637 was finally returned to steam, 16 years after it arrived at the Swindon & Cricklade Railway.
Sadly the S&CR authorities decided that they could not afford to use 5637 regularly, so the locomotive made its way to a new home, here at the East Somerset Railway. The boiler certificate expired in 2007 and over the next three years, 5637 underwent a complete overhaul.
5637 has now returned to service and is in its third livery since restoration. It is one of our two main engines at the ESR.
128 Ivatt locomotives were built between 1946 and 1953, with Ivatt Class 2 2-6-0 46447 built at Crewe in 1950.
46447 was first allocated to the Crewe North shed and worked in and around the north of England and Wales.
In December 1966, 46447 was withdrawn from service and sold to Woodham Brothers for scrap. On 7th June 1972, 46447 was purchased by the Ivatt Locomotive Trust and moved to Quainton Road, Buckinghamshire. Restoration was started but the Ivatt Locomotive Trust subsequently decided that 46447's future was to be at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway and she was transferred to Havenstreet during October 2008.
After initial conservation, work was halted on 46447 and she was stored pending restoration as a static exhibit. In 2012, a deal was made between the Isle of Wight Railway and the East Somerset Railway for 46447 to move to the East Somerset Railway, with an agreement that it was restored to running order.
46447 underwent a complete overhaul and returned to service on the 26th October 2014 (her first day of passenger service since 1966), which was a break of 48 years.
46447 continues to be on loan to the East Somerset Railway and it is one of our two main engines.