Visiting Locomotive for Spring Steam Gala

Great Western Railway 41xx Class ‘Prairie’ Tank 2-6-2T no. 4144

We are delighted to announce, with thanks to the Didcot Railway Centre, Oxfordshire, that our guest locomotive at the Spring Steam Gala will be Swindon built Great Western Railway Class 41xx, ‘Prairie’ 2-6-2T no. 4144, a member of a class used extensively throughout the GWR system, primarily on suburban services.

4144 was built at Swindon in September 1946 and, after almost 19 years service, was withdrawn in March 1965, being sent to Woodham Bros. of Barry for cutting up.

Like a number of our own locomotives, it survived being bought jointly by the Great Western Society and one of its members in 1974, 4 years after our own 43924. Its restoration was completed in 1997 and after withdrawal for overhaul in 2007, officially re-entered service on 2nd May 2015.

For further information about the Spring Steam Gala, click HERE.

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