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BR/GWR Collett 2-6-2 Class 5101 Tank No. 5199 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966

BR/GWR Collett 2-6-2 Class 5101 Tank No. 5199 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image

BR/GWR C. B. Collett Class 5101 2-6-2 tank No. 5199 at Woodham Brothers scrapyard, Barry, Wales on 18th August 1966. Built at Swindon Works in November 1934 It was withdrawn from 85B Gloucester Horton Road shed in March 1963. The loco spent most of its working life in the Birmingham area, working commuter trains and other local passenger services.

The 5101 Class, or Large Prairies as they became know as, are a medium sized tank engine that was designed to operate stopping passenger services. Prairie refers to the 2-6-2 wheel arrangement that they were built with, and they were referred to as large for being bigger than the GWR 4500 and 4575 classes. Originally designed by G.J. Churchward, these, the 5101 class, were improved by Collett having an increased coal bunker capacity from 1919 onwards. The 5101 class was then developed again after this with a higher boiler pressure, and the result was the 6100 class.

After spending 22 years in Woodham's scrapyard at Barry, 5199 was purchased by the Great Western Steam Locomotive Group and moved to the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway at Toddington in 1985 for restoration. In 1988 the owners moved the locomotive to Llangollen where work continued for a while. A further move in 1990 came when the frames moved to MOD Long Marston, somewhat closer to many members of the owning group, to aid restoration. Work progressed slowly, with re-wheeling taking place on 18th June 1995, the first major milestone in the restoration. A change of circumstances saw the locomotive moved to Llangollen during 1996, and the rolling chassis was propelled to Carrog for exhibition during the Great Western weekend that year. The loco is preserved and currently under overhaul, at the Llangollen Railway - http://www.llangollen-railway.org.uk/

A schoolboy trainspotter in his school uniform of peaked school cap, shirt, tie, pullover, short trousers and knee socks, poses for a photo in the locos cab. By 1966, school caps and shorts were no longer worn by the vast majority of boys, only public and grammar schools hanging on to them.

Date Photo Taken 18/08/1966
Date Uploaded 30/06/2014
Image Owner/Copyright Howie Milburn
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Steam Loco Information for BR/GWR Collett 2-6-2 Class 5101 Tank No. 5199 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image

Steam Loco Class Information for BR/GWR Collett 2-6-2 Class 5101 Tank No. 5199 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image


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