Michael L. Roach
In the last part of this series (Part 57) were five photographs of small prairie 5572, then based at Laira Shed, Plymouth, and all taken between 18 January and 10 March 1962. The engine was condemned at Laira on 3 April 1962. In Part 57 most of the five photos were taken with the engine nearest the camera, but in this part we will mostly see the engine propelling its one coach load towards the camera with the engine driver sat in the driving cab of the rail motor or auto train, and the driver nominally controlling the regulator. The attached photos were again all taken during the first three months of 1962, and include the last time I saw 5572 working.
MLR / 10 December 2023
Additional Info on 5572
I approached Ian Allan with an ad for the appeal and they rather snootily said that "as a member of the class has already been preserved, we are not able to assist",
The Great Western Society thought differently and they adopted my appeal. I fought to have her come to Bodmin, which was well established as a GWS base at the time, but Didcot prevailed.
The engine spent most of her life based at Bristol, but in the early fifties was auto fitted and sent to the Welsh valleys to work the Senghennyd and Coryton lines among others. These lines got DMUs in 1957 and the prairies were dispersed. 5572 came to Laira. She appeared on the Fowey line in 1959 because the regular engine (1419) was away under overhaul, As Cornwall had no other auto fitted engine, Laira obliged wifh 5572.
She has been at Didcot 'out of ticket' for about 25 years now.