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Saturday 10th February 2024 17:00-22:00 Didcot Parkway Station, Station Rd, Didcot OX11 7NR

Join us for an evening at Didcot Railway Centre with visiting '5101' Class No.5199 and supporting cast

We are delighted to offer an evening of Winter steam photography at Didcot Railway Centre featuring visiting ‘5101’ Class No.5199 in GWR livery along with a supporting cast of Nos.4144 and 6106 plus a Castle


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About this event

We are delighted to be able to offer an evening of steam railway photography featuring visiting Large Prairie No.5199 which is visiting Didcot in February 2024.

No.5199 was built at Swindon in 1934 and was a Midlands-based locomotive throughout its working life with the Great Western and latterly British Railways Western Region. Initially allocated to Tyseley Depot in Birmingham for working local suburban services, it was not until 1949 that a move came to Stourbridge Junction Shed. No.5199 remained there until 1961 and a transfer to Wolverhampton Stafford Road, finally being allocated to Gloucester Horton Road in 1963 until withdrawal in the same year and dispatch to Woodham Brothers Scrap Yard at Barry in South Wales.

Rescue by the Great Western Locomotive Group came in 1985 when the loco was purchased and taken to the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway. Ownership passed to the 5199 Project Group. Restoration took place at a number of venues, mainly Llangollen but also Long Marston, until a return to steam on Sunday 2nd March 2003. Following 5199’s return to steam, the group went on to form the group which is currently in the latter stages of building the brand new Betton Grange, whilst still keeping their Large Prairie in steam and active, visiting a number of heritage railways but mainly being based at Llangollen.

No.5199, now very near the end of its ten-year boiler ticket, should be in steam and working the demonstration line during the daytime prior to our event and we will arrange for participants to be able to get in during the afternoon to see it in action. We plan to start the charter at around 17.00 and will pose and light the locomotive on the turntable before returning to the shed area where we will pose 5199 with the two resident Large Prairies Nos.6106 and 4144, both also in GWR livery. One of the Castles, probably 4079, should also be available to appear in our scenes.

This should be another excellent evening event at Didcot and we look forward to welcoming you to the country’s most authentic preserved Great Western locomotive depot in February.

*Images are for illustration purposes only and are from previous events so that you can see the wonderful opportunities on offer!

Event requirements


  • Spare batteries
  • Camera
  • Lense cloths
  • Filters
  • Lenses
  • Tripod


  • All levels welcome


  • Low

Other essentials

  • Sturdy outdoor shoes
  • Torch
  • Warm clothing

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