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Numbers Carried
Company Number Date From
Great Western Railway 5053 on 29/05/1936

Names Carried
Date From Name
29/05/1936 BISHOP'S CASTLE
30/08/1937 EARL CAIRNS

Locomotive Specifics
Designer C. Collett
Class Castle
Company History GWR
Wheels 4-6-0
Builder Swindon Works
Order Number 303
To Service Fri 29/05/1936 to Shrewsbury (4A)
Withdrawal Fri 13/07/1962 off Cardiff Canton (88A)
Scrapping During 12/1962 at Cashmore's (Newport)
Service Life 26 yrs, 1 mth , 14 dys

Tenders
Type Number From Company Water Coal
Collett 4,000g 2384 1907 GWR 4,000g 6t 0cwt
Collett 4,000g 2692 29/05/1936 GWR 4,000g 6t 0cwt
Collett 4,000g 2608 21/06/1938 GWR 4,000g 6t 0cwt
Collett 4,000g 2443 08/12/1939 GWR 4,000g 6t 0cwt
Collett 4,000g 2399 05/02/1941 GWR 4,000g 6t 0cwt
Collett 4,000g 2640 12/06/1942 GWR 4,000g 6t 0cwt
Collett 4,000g 2592 19/06/1943 GWR 4,000g 6t 0cwt
Collett 4,000g 2828 29/01/1944 GWR 4,000g 6t 0cwt
Collett 4,000g 2448 19/01/1945 GWR 4,000g 6t 0cwt
Collett 4,000g 2430 20/12/1945 GWR 4,000g 6t 0cwt
Collett 4,000g 2604 04/04/1946 GWR 4,000g 6t 0cwt
Collett 4,000g 2673 18/05/1946 GWR 4,000g 6t 0cwt
Collett 4,000g 2569 07/09/1946 GWR 4,000g 6t 0cwt
Collett 4,000g 2811 20/03/1947 GWR 4,000g 6t 0cwt
Collett 4,000g 2384 01/04/1948 GWR 4,000g 6t 0cwt
Collett 4,000g 2857 15/05/1948 GWR 4,000g 6t 0cwt
Collett 4,000g 2542 16/08/1949 GWR 4,000g 6t 0cwt
Collett 4,000g 2553 20/05/1950 GWR 4,000g 6t 0cwt
Collett 4,000g 2868 10/05/1951 GWR 4,000g 6t 0cwt
Collett 4,000g 2724 17/05/1952 GWR 4,000g 6t 0cwt
Hawksworth 4,000g 4003 11/12/1952 GWR 4,000g 6t 0cwt
Collett 4,000g 2754 31/03/1954 GWR 4,000g 6t 0cwt
Hawksworth 4,000g 4066 08/12/1954 GWR 4,000g 6t 0cwt
Hawksworth 4,000g 4071 24/10/1956 GWR 4,000g 6t 0cwt
Hawksworth 4,000g 4123 04/09/1958 GWR 4,000g 6t 0cwt
Hawksworth 4,000g 4092 10/10/1960 GWR 4,000g 6t 0cwt

Allocations
Code Name From Date
4A Shrewsbury (New) on 29/05/1936
SRD Stafford Road on 25/10/1937
83A Newton Abbot on 08/12/1954
83D Laira on 04/11/1959
88A Cardiff Canton on 11/09/1961
   Withdrawn on 13/07/1962

SLS Allocations*
Type Code Name From Date
ALLOC 83D Laira 4w/e 01/01/1955
ALLOC 83A Newton Abbot 4w/e 29/01/1955
ALLOC 83D Laira 4w/e 28/11/1959
ALLOC 88A Cardiff Canton 4w/e 07/10/1961
WDN   m/e 31/07/1962

* Stephenson Locomotive Society data - raw and not yet cross-referenced
Modifications
Date Modified Modification
29/05/1936 Diagram HB boiler fitted
05/02/1941 Diagram HB boiler fitted (number 6643)
19/06/1943 Diagram HA boiler fitted (number 4627)
19/01/1945 Diagram HB boiler fitted (number 6661)
01/04/1948 Diagram HB boiler fitted (number 6638)
16/08/1949 Diagram HB boiler fitted (number 6666)
10/05/1951 Diagram HA boiler fitted (number 4608)
11/12/1952 Diagram HB boiler fitted (number 6646)
08/12/1954 Diagram HB boiler fitted (number 6680)
24/10/1956 Diagram HB boiler fitted (number 6671)
04/09/1958 Diagram HA boiler fitted (number 4626)
10/10/1960 Diagram HA boiler fitted (number 4650)


Works Visits
Works Stopped Entry Departure Durn Level of Work Mileage
Swindon Works 08/09/1937 25/10/1937 48 days Light Repair  
Swindon Works 28/04/1938 25/06/1938 59 days Intermediate
Tender number 2608 (Collett 4,000g) attached.
123967
Swindon Works 08/12/1939 10/02/1940 65 days Intermediate
Tender number 2443 (Collett 4,000g) attached.
217791
Swindon Works 26/07/1940 08/08/1940 14 days Light Repair  
Swindon Works 05/12/1940 11/02/1941 69 days Light Repair
Boiler number 6643 (Diagram HB)
Tender number 2399 (Collett 4,000g) attached.
264918
Swindon Works 22/04/1942 14/06/1942 54 days Intermediate
Tender number 2640 (Collett 4,000g) attached.
341568
Swindon Works 28/04/1943 22/06/1943 56 days Light Repair
Boiler number 4627 (Diagram HA)
Tender number 2592 (Collett 4,000g) attached.
396633
Swindon Works 05/01/1944 02/02/1944 29 days Light Repair
Tender number 2828 (Collett 4,000g) attached.
 
Swindon Works 12/12/1944 19/01/1945 39 days Intermediate
Boiler number 6661 (Diagram HB)
Tender number 2448 (Collett 4,000g) attached.
475150
Swindon Works 26/02/1946 04/04/1946 38 days Light Repair
Tender number 2604 (Collett 4,000g) attached.
 
Swindon Works 16/07/1946 07/09/1946 54 days Light Repair
Tender number 2569 (Collett 4,000g) attached.
 
Swindon Works 08/02/1947 20/03/1947 41 days Intermediate
Tender number 2811 (Collett 4,000g) attached.
550718
Swindon Works 25/02/1948 01/04/1948 37 days Light Repair
Boiler number 6638 (Diagram HB)
Tender number 2384 (Collett 4,000g) attached.
603125
Swindon Works 30/06/1949 16/08/1949 48 days Heavy General
Boiler number 6666 (Diagram HB)
Tender number 2542 (Collett 4,000g) attached.
668930
Swindon Works 11/04/1951 10/05/1951 30 days Heavy Intermediate
Boiler number 4608 (Diagram HA)
Tender number 2868 (Collett 4,000g) attached.
751097
Swindon Works 31/10/1952 11/12/1952 42 days Heavy General
Boiler number 6646 (Diagram HB)
Tender number 4003 (Hawksworth 4,000g) attached.
839114
Swindon Works 01/11/1954 08/12/1954 38 days Heavy Intermediate
Boiler number 6680 (Diagram HB)
Tender number 4066 (Hawksworth 4,000g) attached.
933227
Swindon Works 10/09/1956 24/10/1956 45 days Heavy General
Boiler number 6671 (Diagram HB)
Tender number 4071 (Hawksworth 4,000g) attached.
1032324
Swindon Works 13/06/1958 04/09/1958 84 days Heavy Intermediate
Boiler number 4626 (Diagram HA)
Tender number 4123 (Hawksworth 4,000g) attached.
1123646
Swindon Works 11/08/1960 10/10/1960 61 days Heavy Intermediate
Boiler number 4650 (Diagram HA)
Tender number 4092 (Hawksworth 4,000g) attached.
1219660

Mentions ...
Report Date Title Report Source
28/02/1946 Swindon Works Locos entering works during February: 1499, 1967, 2034/60, 2211/59, 2573, 2753/79, 2803/17/9/41/58/79/96, 2944, 3013/23/30, 3186, 3216, 3737/64, 3865, 4030/49/52/6/73/83/92, 4117, 4231, 4531, 4607/19/38, 4833/56, 4926, 5002/24/42/53/68/77/8, 5151, 4320/36/78 5412/21, 5506/43/68, 5689, 5737, 5912/7/71/83, 6002/18/27, 6105/47/68, 6300/84/7, 6717/37, 6806/66, 6932/8/46, 8719/34/69, 9306, 9768/89/91. Nameplates were affixed to 6938/46. SLS/194605
24/03/1946 Stock Returns No. 92 which has been shown as withdrawn, was transferred to Wellingon in October 1938 and is still there. On 2/3 it appeared to be 100 per cent. intact but for the coupling rods. Assuming that the date of its withdrawal from service coincided with its conversion to a stationary boiler, the official date of 8/42 must be questioned for it has been functioning as such at least since the summer of 1941. No: 92 is not the only locomotive to be so employed, for 1287, which was withdrawn on 9/9/39 and subsequently reinstated, is at Leamington. However although employed for the ,same purpose as 92, and in the same condition, it still remains on the capital list. Mr. Seddon would be grateful for any information as to when 1287 first appeared at Leamington, for how long she was at work as a motive unit and also as to the last time that 92 was actively engaged at Wellington. Regarding the latter this will be co-related with the first appearance there of L.M.S. saddle tank 16027, which is permanently on loan from 4A. 3573/80 shown in the stock returns as 2-4-0T should be entered as 0-4-2T and the relevant totals altered accordingly. SLS/194605
28/02/1946 Swindon Works Locos entering works during February: 1499, 1967, 2034/60, 2211/59, 2573, 2753/79, 2803/17/9/41/58/79/96, 2944, 3013/23/30, 3186, 3216, 3737/64, 3865, 4030/49/52/6/73/83/92, 4117, 4231, 4531, 4607/19/38, 4833/56, 4926, 5002/24/42/53/68/77/8, 5151, 4320/36/78 5412/21, 5506/43/68, 5689, 5737, 5912/7/71/83, 6002/18/27, 6105/47/68, 6300/84/7, 6717/37, 6806/66, 6932/8/46, 8719/34/69, 9306, 9768/89/91. Nameplates were affixed to 6938/46. SLS/194605
29/02/1948 Swindon Works Locomotives entering Works during February included:- Nos. 1013-15 1943, 1995, 2903, 2933, 2945, 2955, 3004, 3816, 3863, 4020, 4043, 4079, 4098, 4904, 4939, 4944, 4956, 5018, 5035, 5053, 5062, 5090, 5324, 5337, 5381, 5927, 5953, 5982, 6015, 6020, 6025, 6366, 6866, 6934, 6956, 7002, 7212, 7214, 7300, W.D. 77027, 77184, 79279, 79301 an 79309. Further locomotives ex works with prefix W and plain tanks or tenders included Nos. 823, 1433, 1441, 2288, 2951, while No. 6000 has the prefix and 'British Railways' on the tender SLS/194804
30/06/1949 Swindon Works (entering Works) New Work June: Nos. 7021 Haverfordwest Castle LDR (7/6), 7022 Hereford Castle CDF (14/6), 7023 Penrice Castle CDF (23/6), *7024 Powis Castle (30/6); *1500 (22/6), 41501 (1/7). *Not allocated. Nos. 7021-24 are painted dark green and lined, while Nos. 1500/1 are unlined black. No. 1500 has so far been tried on a variety of jobs, and it is possible that they all may go to Cardiff Docks. Locomotives entering Works during June included: Nos. 1001/29, 1335/63, 1458, 2216, 2534/72, 2823/81/82/84/92, 2945, 3031/34, 3161/67, 3649, 3851, 4016/37/40/83/84, 4259, 4381, 4504/13/93, 4651, 4807/54/56 (for reconversion to coal-burning), 4961, 5008/28/52/53/82, 5151, 5303/32/61, 5510/57/58, 5760/80/92, 5800, 5910/35/40/66, 6007/20, 6105/08, 6314/35/44/70/79, 6409, 6739, 6814/21/26/63/70, 6904/20/68, 7016, 7239, 7700/10/24/28/35, 7803, 7900, 8762/98 and E1066. Condemned: 53, 1731, 2651/55, 3364, 9072. No. 7900 came in for rebalancing, while No. E1066 had a hot box. No. 2848 has been reconverted to coal-burning. No. 6000 was ex Works on 17/6 painted in the new blue and lined, with crest on the tender, while No. 6011 has also appeared in the same livery, but, as yet, has no crest on the tender. Nos. 4052/58 are ex Works painted green and lined, while further locomotives painted black and fully lined include Nos. 1017/29, 6931/43 an 6936 (with the crest on the tender). Stock Shed: Nos. 4914, 5919, 6997-99 and 7902-04 have now been taken out of store and put into traffic, Nos. 4914, 6997/99 and 7902 have gone to BRD, No. 6998 to CDF and Nos. 7903/04 to PDN. SLS/194908
10/09/1961 Britannia class 7s The remaining 12 B.R. Britannias on the W.R. (70016/8/9/20/2-9) (from 88A, Cardiff Canton) were transferred to the L.M.R. on 10th September. In the small hours of that morning 6 went light-engine to Shrewsbury, one worked a freight to Shrewsbury and another the 7-10 a.m. to London. Two more (70019/26) were at that time stopped at Worcester and Swindon and will presumably go direct from there. 70023/4 were retained in service against non-arrival of replacements and finally worked the 8-55 a.m. passenger and 12-55 a.m. freight to Shrewsbury respectively on 13th September. In replacement, Canton has been allocated 4083, 5020/53/73/91/6, 6010/24 an 7016 together with seven Halls. The two Kings are to strengthen the power on the Shrewsbury road. There are indications that this is only a part of re-arrangements involving redistribution of steam power from the west of England as 5058 (ex Laira) was observed in transit to Gloucester the same weekend. 70025/7/8 subsequently arrived at Bescot and are working goods and mineral trains. 70026 arrived at Aston. SLS/196110

Summary
Date Event Details Source See Also
1907 Tender Tender fitted: Collett 4,000g number 2384    
29/05/1936 To Service To service as Great Western Railway Number 5053, name: BISHOP'S CASTLE
Built at Swindon Works
Allocated to Shrewsbury (4A)
Tender fitted: Collett 4,000g
Diagram HB boiler fitted
   
30/08/1937 Naming Renamed 'EARL CAIRNS'    
25/10/1937 Allocation Reallocated to Stafford Road (SRD)    
20/12/1945 Tender Tender fitted: Collett 4,000g number 2430    
18/05/1946 Tender Tender fitted: Collett 4,000g number 2673    
15/05/1948 Tender Tender fitted: Collett 4,000g number 2857    
20/05/1950 Tender Tender fitted: Collett 4,000g number 2553    
17/05/1952 Tender Tender fitted: Collett 4,000g number 2724    
31/03/1954 Tender Tender fitted: Collett 4,000g number 2754    
08/12/1954 Allocation Reallocated to Newton Abbot (83A)    
04/11/1959 Allocation Reallocated to Laira (83D)    
11/09/1961 Allocation Reallocated to Cardiff Canton (88A)    
13/07/1962 Withdrawn Condemned as 5053 from Cardiff Canton (88A)    

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