No. 7903 Foremark Hall makes a pretty forlorn sight, at Woodhams yard in Barry. It is entirely possible that the missing rods are stored in the tender which would, apart from name and number plates, make her complete, even serviceable. I made the pilgrimage to Barry in 65, and a pilgrimage was what it felt like, we never expected to see these engines ever again. Almost new 9Fs cheek by jowl with survivors from the days of Edwardian splendour, when railways were in their pomp. Rusting 4Fs and Bulleid Pacifics, Castles and Kings lined up one behind the other – and they were all doomed – or so we thought.
Despite her ‘almost complete’ appearance No.7903 Foremark Hall didn’t leave Barry until 1981, 17 years after her withdrawl. When she was sent to Barry she had been in service for only 15 years – a criminal waste really. No.7903 Foremark Hall was one of the final batch of ‘Modified’ Halls, and was constructed under the newly formed British Railways, at Swindon, in 1949. Restoration to working order was undertaken at the Swindon & Cricklade Railway where she returned to steam in 2003 just in time to be a part of the S&CR’s 25th anniversary celebrations.
The picture of her ‘in action’ is at Chicken Curve on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway.
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