Most websites about individual engines are either because they were famous or are today preserved.

5028 was “Unsung” and is long gone, but she was well liked by the Great Western footplate men who drove and fired her. She worked mainly in the Newton Abbot & Laira Areas.


The following pages trace her story from “Birth” in 1934 to her untimely “Death” in 1960.


David Rouse’s Diaries.

Extracts from David Rouse’s Diaries - Ref 5028,


2nd Jan 1950 to 1957 when he worked at Newton Abbot, first as a cleaner and then as a fireman.


4/01/50  cleaned (C)side

26/01/50 C all over, copper top

08/02/50 C  all over, gear

14/02/50 C  scouring and gear

20/02/50 C  side

28/02/50 C  tender and scouring

06/03/50 C  side

08/03/50 C  half gear, tender, half scouring ,side

17/04/50 C  top

23/05/50 C  top

01/06/50 C  all over, gear

21/06/50 C  top

24/06/50 C  tender

31/07/50 C  scraped side

11/09/50 C  side

13/09/50 C  half of tender

15/09/50 C  both sides

25/09/50 C  top

28/09/50 C  tender

09/11/50 C  gear

20/11/50 C  tender

01/12/50 C  side

12/12/50 C  top

15/12/50 C  tender


At the back of the diary he comments “7 firing turns this year”

(The first was 30/09/50)  




1951


14/01/51  First 1951 Firing turn

26/04/51  5028 on its light to WES then on to SDN at                9.30am  Note - it was going for a HG)

05/06/51  50th FIRING TURN

16/06/51  5028 Back

              (Note - with Hawksworth tender)

20/06/51  C  top, scouring

02/08/51  75th FIRING TURN

03/08/51  MADE FIREMAN

10/08/51  C  framing

13/08/51  First Day as fireman

27/08/51  Went to EXE on 2.37.  Ret’d on Devonian                behind 5028

16/09/51  FIRST DAY ON PASSENGER TRAIN

17/09/51  PROMOTED TO PREP LINK

15/10/51  Prep 5071, 5028, 5024, 6907, 6934

19/10/51  Prep  5047, 5028, 4099, 5998, 5140





                                                                          1952


** 13/01/52   6.0 Prep Lionel Luscombe.

                        Prep,d 5028.  No Steam.


    05/02/52   King Died.


** 20/03/52   6.0 Cleaning(C) with Ginger.

                        5028 (side)


** 21/03/52   6.0  C with Ginger.

                        C 5028 (top)


    17/04/52   2.0 C 5028 (All over- did scouring &                                       wheels).


    07/05/52   2.0 C 5028 (top - did paint)


    30/06/52   15 weeks since I was put back on cleaning                          & last with Bob Gill.


    01/10/52   2.0   C 5028 (top)


    04/10/52   2.0   C 5028 (top)


    10/10/52   6.0a.m. C 5028 (tender)


                                                                    1953


     15/01/53   Enrolled for National Service.

                     (Royal Engineers)     

                                                                          



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1955


    13/01/55  DEMOB

    07/02/55  Commence work with the Western again

    29/05/55  STRIKE COMMENCED  - on Picket line      from 10.0pm - 12.0

   14/06/55 STRIKE ENDED.  Settled at 6.0pm

   16/11/55 Learning Auto

**07/12/55  2.38  AP to Exeter on 2.53.  Walked up      to he city and looked around the shops.

    Took  6995 to shed.   5028 6.50 Exeter - K’wr &      9.40   Kwr - NA.  Turned.

    Very good trip again.

1956


** 17/04/56 5028  11.40 - K’wear Bernard Watts.

** 21/04/56 5028  11.40 - K’wear Fred Green.

   08/05/56 Royal train at Goodrington.

** 25/06/56 TN - NA 8.15 5028

   18/07/56 82005 Bob Nicks (Drove this)


  (Note - In 1957 he left to go to the Festiniog

  Railway as a Driver.)