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Help Support Standard class 4 Tank 80072


Small Prairie Tank 5532


Even though 80072 has been operational since 2010, the need for fundraising continues to pay for work done and to build up funds for the 10 year overhaul. (The remaining years will pass much more quickly than you can imagine). So please continue to support the locomotive through the Carrog Shop and other fund raising activities.

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80072 was completed at Brighton in 1953. Running-in turns were completed near Brighton, before it moved to Plaistow to work the suburban services from Fenchurch Street over the London, Tilbury and Southend lines. Electrification displaced 80072 in 1962, being transferred to Swansea East Dock, from where it worked the Central Wales line and services to Pembroke and Camarthen. 1963 saw the engine move to Leamington Spa to work Birmingham suburban services and car transporter trains. After a short stay at Tyseley in 1965, the loco was withdrawn and moved to Barry in January 1966.


It was rescued in 1988, with initial restoration proceeding at Swindon. A group of members purchased the locomotive in 1991, and restoration continued at both Swindon and Llangollen. Amongst other items requiring attention was a buckle in the mainframes, and a new wheelset had to be manufactured as one of the original wheels had been cut through after a derailment at Barry. In 1995 the whole engine moved to Llangollen for the later phases of restoration to start, and the following year it was moved, by now a 2-6-4 once more, to the restoration road in the new shed. The side tanks and bunker were fitted in 1997. The boiler was repaired at Crewe and has been refitted into the frames.

  • What is Special About 80072?

  • 80072 has been saved from scrap by a Llangollen Railway based group to work on the Llangollen Railway

  • 80072 represents the finest and most efficient large passenger tank class ever built, easy to work on and maintain

  • 80072 will be a home based quality locomotive such as the Llangollen Railway needs

  • 80072 will be able to handle any type of traffic on the Llangollen Railway economically

  • 80072 represents historically the ultimate stage of locomotive development in this country

  • 80072 is of a class which once worked extensively in Wales, as well as other parts of the UK, and so has a place in Welsh railway heritage

  • 80072 herself once worked in Wales, and has spent most of her existence there already

  • 80072 is a registered charity

  • 80072 needs continuing financial support to cover running repairs and the boiler overhaul when the boiler ticket runs out after ten years service

This locomotive has been restored by the Llangollen Standard 4 Project, and the Llangollen Standard 4 Trust is a charitable body set up to support the locomotive.


5532 was turned out from Swindon Works during June 1928 at a total cost of £3,602. After a few days running in at Reading, she was first allocated to Stourbridge Junction for duties in the West Midlands. Her next shed was Worcester. Later, whilst at Newport Ebbw Junction, 5532 was used to haul the Royal Train on 22nd October 1941. With classmate 5516, she hauled the train from Hereford to Monmouth Troy. Later the same day she hauled the Royal Train (with King George VI on board) from Monmouth Troy to Ross on Wye. She was based at a number of sheds in South Wales and South West England until being withdrawn in 1962. 5532 was also based at Oswestry for a short period in the Autumn of 1953.


5532 was withdrawn from service on 10th July 1962 from Laira, having travelled 705,111 miles in service. She was bought by Woodham Brothers Barry on 4th September 1962, and was to spend the next 20 years at Barry. She stayed there until 1982 when sold to the Dean Forest railway.

The Llangollen Railway Great Western Locomotive Group wanted to buy a Small Prairie tank from Barry in 1987, and from those that remained chose 5538. However, as this had a cracked cylinder, the group exchanged the frames and some other parts with 5532, as this was felt to be the most economic option. The numbers of engines are decided by their frames and therefore the Group became owners of 5532 when the exchange was made.


The Group bought a range of components over the years. They then helped build and pay for a part of the new engine shed, including an inspection pit. When the shed was ready, the frames were moved in during 1997, and restoration of the frames commenced. Additionally, the group bought connecting and coupling rods, paid for the repair and replacement of springs, contract work on the frames, and turning and reprofiling all the wheels. In all around £30,000 has been spent on restoration since the move into the shed.


5532 at Plymouth North Road during August 1959. (Keith Jones)

5532 at Ebbw Junction Shed, Newport, on 31st July 1939.

(RHG Simpson)


Re- commissioned in  2010 and seen above in Llangollen Station.

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5532 at Carrog by Jayne Kerys

5532 at BristoL TM 1954

5532 at Plymouth North Road during August 1959. (Keith Jones)

GWR Group Newsletter JUNE 2016

Download the latest Newsletter in PDF format  below.

As of 2015, almost all of the work has been completed on the rolling chassis, with the bunker and cab sections also fitted. Nearly all of the components have been purchased and are in store, ready to be fitted onto 5532 when the time is appropriate. Work has already begun on dismantling the boiler so that the inner firebox can be properly examined to see if it is reusable, or if a new one will have to be ordered. Meanwhile, a new Door Plate and Smoke Box Tube Plate have been purchased.


On Friday 26th June 2015, group members discussed and agreed plans with Llangollen PLC to build new tanks for 5532 and are being ordered at a cost of £21,500 plus VAT. It is planned to start this in October 2015, with completion by the end of December 2015. This means that the only thing that will be left to finance is the boiler.


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5532 undergoing restoration inside Llangollen Workshop, on 31st June 2015.

The new smokebox fitted to the frames, on 24th December 2015.

(Dave Owen)

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