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BR/GWR Collett 2-6-2 Class 5101 Tank No. 5164 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966

BR/GWR Collett 2-6-2 Class 5101 Tank No. 5164 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image

BR/GWR C. B. Collett Class 5101 2-6-2 tank No. 5164 at Woodham Brothers scrapyard, Barry, Wales on 18th August 1966. The cab of Collett 4-6-2 Class 4073 Castle No. 5080 can be seen on the left. Built at Swindon Works in November 1930, it was withdrawn from 86G Pontypool Road shed in April 1963.

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.

The original 40 members of the 3100 class were renumbered 5100 and 5111 to 5149 in 1927. The first batches of 5101s filled in the numbers 5101 to 5110 and extended the class from 5150 to 5189. They were little changed from the Churchward locomotives as they then were, but had an increased axle loading of 17 tons 12 cwt (39,400 lb or 17.9 t); the maximum permitted for the ‘Blue’ route availability. Bunkers were of the standard Collett design with greater coal capacity.

The 5100 number series was exhausted in 1934, and further new locomotives were numbered from 4100. 4160-4179 were built in 1948/9 to the same design but were technically not GWR locomotives.

5164 is preserved at the Severn Valley Railway. However, its boiler certificate expired on 5 January 2014 and it is now on static display at Barrow Hill MPD for at least 12 months. 5164 is owned by The 5164 Preservation Group

Date Photo Taken 18/08/1966
Date Uploaded 12/09/2014
Image Owner/Copyright Howie Milburn
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Steam Loco Information for BR/GWR Collett 2-6-2 Class 5101 Tank No. 5164 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image

Steam Loco Class Information for BR/GWR Collett 2-6-2 Class 5101 Tank No. 5164 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image


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