GWR 4900 Class 4936 Kinlet Hall

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4936 "Kinlet Hall" on display at Crewe Works open day on 1st June 2003.

The Great Western Railway steam locomotive no. 4936 Kinlet Hall is a 4-6-0 Hall class locomotive, built in June 1929 at Swindon Works.

It was withdrawn from service with British Railways in 1964 and sold for scrap to Woodham's Scrapyard in Barry. Nearly twenty years later, in 1981, it was saved for preservation by the Kinlet Hall Locomotive Company and moved to Peak Rail at Matlock where restoration work began. It was later moved to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway in 1985, followed by the Llangollen Railway in 1992. In 1996, it was moved to the Tyseley Locomotive Works for final restoration.

The locomotive returned to operational condition in February 2000, and is passed for main line operation. It has been on loan to its former home, the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, for much of the 2004/2005 operating season.

Kinlet Hall remained at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway for the start of the 2006 operating season before returning to Tyseley in the summer for a series of scheduled main line trips. However, due to circumstances entirely beyond the control of the engine's owners, only the trip on 1 July went ahead – a memorable return excursion to Holyhead. One final main line trip later in the year was to Barrow Hill Engine Shed, where she appeared alongside other Tyseley engines GWR 4900 Class 4953 Pitchford Hall and 4965 Rood Ashton Hall as well as other locos at the open days on 21/22 October. The engine is now (January 2007) back at Tyseley for fitting of OTMR equipment and a full retube in preparation for a further series of main line excursions starting in summer 2007.

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Preserved GWR Hall Class locomotives

4920 Dumbleton Hall   |  4930 Hagley Hall   |  4936 Kinlet Hall   |  4942 Maindy Hall
4953 Pitchford Hall   |  4965 Rood Aston Hall   |  4979 Wootton Hall  |   5900 Hinderton Hall
5952 Cogan Hall   |  5967 Bickmarsh Hall   |  5972 Olton Hall