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GWR No.5972 "Olton Hall"
5972 Hogwarts Castle at NRM York
Olton Hall in "Hogwarts Castle" guise.
Details

Years built

04-1937

Builder

Charles Collett
Swindon Works, Swindon, Wiltshire

Number Produced

Unknown

Years in Operation

1937-1963

Fleet Numbers

Unknown

Classification

4-6-0

Number Preserved

Unknown

Number Scrapped

Unknown

Dimensions
(
l x w x h)

Unknown

Gauge

4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)

V - E - T - D

No.5972 or Olton Hall is a 4-6-0 Hall Class steam locomotive built by the Great Western Railway at Swindon Works in 1937.

HistoryEdit

Olton Hall was completed in April 1937 and initially based at Neath, South Wales, subsequently being re-allocated to many parts of the former Great Western system, notably Cornwall and the West Midlands. Lastly, the locomotive was allocated to the Cardiff East Dock shed, before being withdrawn from service in December 1963. Olton Hall was sold to Woodham Brothers Ltd. (scrapyard) in Barry Island, South Wales.

It was bought privately for preservation in 1981 and initial restoration was carried out at Procor Ltd's works at Horbury Junction, Wakefield. Moved to the former Steamtown Railway Museum and now base for main line operator, West Coast Railways, at Carnforth, Lancashire, Olton Hall returned to steam in 1997, since when it has operated throughout the British Rail network, hauling charter trains as well as filming work for the Harry Potter films, for which it is best known. It has also been displayed at the National Railway Museum in York, when not in operational service.

As of 2017, the locomotive is on static display at The Harry Potter Experience within the Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, near Watford and will remain there for at least another two years.[1]

'Hogwarts Express'Edit

Hogwarts Express (Philosopher's Stone) v2

Screen-capture of the "Olton Hall" as it appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as the "Hogwarts Express".

In the Harry Potter films No.5972 plays the part of the Hogwarts Express locomotive, hauling the train that takes students from platform 9¾ at Kings Cross station to Hogsmead station (Hogwarts). For these duties Olton Hall was renamed 'Hogwarts Castle', though retaining the GWR number. The locomotive also carried a 'Hogwarts Express' headboard for the filming. This role in the movies has made the locomotive famous. 200 rare gold-plated 00 Gauge Hornby Models were released of the Hogwarts Express.

SpecificationsEdit

Olton Hall weighs 75 tons, and its 2 cylinders are fed by a superheater. Its driving wheels are 72 inches in diameter, and its carrying wheels are 36 inches in diameter. The boiler has a maximum of 225 lbf/in2, and the locomotive makes 27,275 lbf of tractive effort.

The tender weighs 46 long tons, and takes 4000 imperial gallons of water.

TriviaEdit

  • Olton Hall is painted red, which was not a standard colour for GWR. The traditional colour for GWR was Middle Chrome Green.
  • Olton Hall was renamed to 'Hogwarts Castle' for the films. This name would suggest the locomotive is a much larger and more powerful Castle Class, not a Hall Class which,of course, it is. This also led to Hornby making their model a Castle Class. There are many jokes floating around about the renaming such as, 'The Hall that wishes to be a Castle.' It has confused many less well-informed enthusiasts.

ReferencesEdit

GalleryEdit

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