GWR 4073 Class 5080 Defiant is a steam locomotive. It was originally built as Ogmore Castle in May 1939 at Swindon Works, the engine being one of the many popular GWR Castle Class. Its first shed allocation was Old Oak Common.
|GWR 5080 Defiant|
The shed locations of 5080 during her career with the GWR & BR on particular dates.
|Old Oak Common||PDN||25 May 1936|
|Cardiff Canton||CDF||August 1940|
|Swindon||SDN||9 January 1941|
|Cardiff Canton||CDF||20 March 1941|
|Swindon||SDN||16 August 1949|
|Cardiff Canton||CDF (86C)||13 September 1949|
Prior to 5080's transfer to Cardiff Canton from Swindon, the engine was renamed Defiant in January 1941, commemorating one of the many types of aircraft which had taken part in the Battle of Britain. The engines original name Ogmore Castle was also used on an earlier member of the class as well as being later used by two sister engines, the name was originally allocated to 5056 before being renamed Earl of Powis in Sept 1937. Following 5080's renaming the name was transferred to 7007 (later renamed Great Western in Jan 1948) & 7035.
Withdrawal and PreservationEdit
It was sold to the Standard Gauge Steam Trust (since renamed Tyseley Locomotive Works), initially as spare parts for 7029 Clun Castle, and left as the 62nd departure from Barry in August 1974. Its restoration was completed in June 1988, and it ran for a number of years, appearing on various preserved lines such as the Llangollen Railway Easter 1996. After its boiler certificate expired, it was sent to be displayed at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, where it remained until May 2017 when it was returned to Tyseley.
Defiant is at present stored at Tyseley Loco Works, but makes appearances at Tyseley's open weekends as a static exhibit, and a group called "The Defiant Club" are raising money to fund an overhaul of 5080 Defiant for a return to service on the mainline to work excursion trains.
Below are a set of photos showing 5080 during its career with British Railways alongside its time at Barry Island and in preservation.
Defiant on display at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre in August 2008.
- 'Castle' class details, 5050 - 5099 Great Western Archive