GWR 4900 Class 4930 Hagley Hall
|4930 Hagley Hall|
|4930 Hagley Hall at Kidderminster Town Station 23/09/07.|
|Build date||May 1929|
|Gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Class||4900 'Hall' Class|
4930 Hagley Hall is a Great Western Railway, 4-6-0 Hall class locomotive. Built in May 1929 at Swindon Works to a design by Charles Collett. It is one of eleven of this class that made it into preservation. The train is named after Hagley Hall in Worcestershire.
Its first shed allocation was Wolverhampton Stafford Road. After moving around the midland and southern sections of the western region it was withdrawn in December 1963 having covered the impressive total of 1,295,236 miles, eventually being sold for scrap to Woodham Brothers scrapyard in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales in May 1964.
Sold to the Severn Valley Railway in 1972 it became the 29th departure from Barry arriving at Bridgnorth in April 1974. It was eventually restored to working condition in 1979, and ran back on the mainline reaching as far south as Plymouth and north to Chester. 4930 hauled the official re-opening train into Kidderminster Town station in 1984.
After its withdrawal pending overhaul it was loaned in 1999 to the Macarthur Glen shopping centre in Swindon as a static exhibit. In June 2007 it was returned to the Severn Valley Railway intending to take its place in the new 'Engine House' outside Highley railway station. The Engine House, after a long delay to the floods that hit the railway in June 2007 is now open and Hagley Hall is on show.
Popular culture 
4930 Also featured running passenger trains on the SVR In the 1986 programme The Great Western Experience alongside other GWR locomotives, such as 5764, 5051 Drysllwyn Castle, and 6998 Burton Agnes Hall.