Built in Swindon in 1934, 6412 is one of the 40-strong 64xx class of Great Western Railway pannier tanks which were to be found on most parts of the GWR system. The 64xx class was fitted for ‘push and pull’ or auto-train working, such as was used on the Chinnor line.
No. 6412 is one of three members of the class to have been purchased for preservation and arrived at Buckfastleigh in the mid-1960s, straight from service with the Western Region of British Railways. Restored at Buckfastleigh, she hauled the first train to run on what is today the South Devon Railway.
Transferred to the Paignton to Kingswear line in the early 1970s, 6412 was transferred in 1976 to the West Somerset Railway. There, it repeated its 'first loco' role, hauling the WSR's inaugural train later that year, before gaining stardom as the Flockton Flyer in the 1977 children's television programme produced by Southern Independent Television - about the Carter family who move to a small village and take over the running of a preserved railway line. In 2009, 6412 went back to the South Devon Railway where she underwent a major overhaul which was completed in 2015.
We were delighted to have her services for the 2017 season and once again she has returned to work the line until January 2021.