An iconic steam engine that was originally saved from the infamous ‘Barry Scrapyard’ in 1972 by the Dean Forest Railway, will be re-launched in April after a painstaking 10 year overhaul.
GWR loco no. 5541, a 1928 built 2-6-2 ‘Prairie’ was first steamed at the Dean Forest Railway in 1975, but has been ‘off the road’ since 2004 when it’s steam boiler ticket expired. Originally built at Swindon, 5541 spent most of it’s working life around Machynlleth before being withdrawn from service in July 1962 and removed to Barry.
The current restoration will have cost in excess of £120,000 but will result in a steam engine that was probably in better condition that when it originally left Swindon over 80 years ago! The ‘official’ relaunch will take place over the Easter weekend 19/20th April, where the loco will be joined by other DFR engines to provide visitors with an intensive service, and plenty of great photo opportunities.