GWR Large Prairie 4141

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GWRGreat Western Railway Large PrairieLocomotive with a 2-6-2 wheel configuration 4141
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4141 in September 2013
Built By GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon Works
Configuration 2-6-2T
BRBritish Rail or British Railways rating 4MTThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic.
Status Under overhaul
Loco Number 4141
History
Built 1946
Designed By Charles CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
Type GWRGreat Western Railway 5101
1963 Withdrawn and sent to BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation. scrapyard
1973 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society
1988 Left the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society
1998 Returned to steam
2007 Visited the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society
Technical
Length 41ft
Weight 78t 15cwt
Tractive effort 24,300 lb
Pressure 200 lb/sq in

Steam Locomotives

4141 is a GWRGreat Western Railway CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 5101 'Large PrairieLocomotive with a 2-6-2 wheel configuration' and a classmate of SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society-residents 4150 and 5164. It was resident on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society between 1973 and 1988, although restoration was never completed.

4141 in service

4141 was out-shopped from Swindon in August 1946, and was based at the Gloucester (Horton Rd) depot for its entire working life which lasted just 17 years. Following withdrawal by BRBritish Rail or British Railways in February 1963, 4141 was sent to Barry Scrapyard.

4141 in preservation

In 1970 SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society member Peter Waite expressed an interest in purchasing the locomotive, and with assistance from the ‘Hampton Loade Locomotive Fund’ 4141 arrived on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society on 6 January 1973 in a convoy which included 5164, 4930 Hagley Hall and 7819 Hinton Manor.

After several months at Bewdley, 4141 moved to Hampton Loade where restoration began on an isolated section of track. However progress was slow and had effectively stalled by 1988 when the locomotive was sold and moved away from the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society. It returned to the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society in 2007 for an appearance at the Spring Steam Gala.

After spells at the Llangollen and Great Central Railways, in October 2012 the locomotive moved to its latest home, the Epping Ongar Railway. In 2017 it was sent to Loughborough for overhaul.

See also

Former Residents
Steam Locomotives visiting the SVR for galas

References

SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News
Severn Valley Railway Stock Book, seventh edition
Epping Ongar Railway web site

Links

Epping Ongar Railway web page Retrieved 14 April 2019.
Preserved British Steam Locomotives Retrieved 14 April 2019.