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About this eventWe 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.
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!
- Spare batteries
- Lense cloths
- All levels welcome
- Sturdy outdoor shoes
- Warm clothing
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