GWR Large Prairie 5164

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GWRGreat Western Railway Large PrairieLocomotive with a 2-6-2 wheel configuration 5164
GWR Prairie Class 5100 No 5164 (8062220732).jpg
5164 at Bridgnorth in 2005
Built By GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon Works
Configuration 2-6-2T
Power class GWRGreat Western Railway: D, BRBritish Rail or British Railways: 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.
Axle load class GWRGreat Western Railway: Blue
Status Out of Service
Loco Number 5164
History
Built 1930
Designed By Charles CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941
Type GWRGreat Western Railway 5101
1973 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society
1979 Entered service on SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society
2014 Withdrawn for overhaul
Technical
Length 41ft
Weight 78t 15cwt
Tractive effort 24,300 lb
Pressure 200 lb/sq in

Steam Locomotives

5164 is a GWRGreat Western Railway CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 5101 class 2-6-2T 'Large PrairieLocomotive with a 2-6-2 wheel configuration'. These medium-sized tank engines were used all over the GWRGreat Western Railway network for suburban and local passenger and local freight services. A number of the class were allocated to Kidderminster and Shrewsbury sheds and were regularly used on the Severn Valley Railway in its declining years. The 5101 Class was an updated version by CB CollettCharles Benjamin Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1922-1941 of ChurchwardGeorge Jackson Churchward, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway 1902-1922's 1903 3100/5100 Class. British Railways rated the class 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..

5164 in service

5164 was built at the GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon Works as part of Lot 259 at a cost of £4,220.[1] The locomotive entered service at Tyseley in November 1930.[2] It remained allocated to the Wolverhampton region until 1957, principally at Tyseley but also at Wolverhampton Stafford Road and Wellington.

Post 1957, 5164 moved to Newton Abbot, working local trains and also acting as a banker on the Dainton and Rattery Banks.[1]

BRBritish Rail or British Railways service ended at Pontypool Road in April 1963 after 811,367 miles in service.[3] A move to Barry Scrapyard followed in November 1963.

5164 in preservation

By summer 1971, with a 5700 Pannier Tank and 4500 'Small PrairieLocomotive with a 2-6-2 wheel configuration' already secured for the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society, purchase of a 'Large PrairieLocomotive with a 2-6-2 wheel configuration' was seen as the next logical step. A fund was established, organised by Mr. R.E. Sim, and No. 5164 was chosen as the best of the 10 'Large Prairies' at BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation.. It was reserved for purchase 'with the usual help from Mr Woodham' while an appeal for fund raising took place.[4].

Purchase was successfully completed at a cost of £2,250.[1] The locomotive was officially the 30th to leave BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation.,[5], arriving on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society on 6 January 1973 in the company of GWR 4930 Hagley Hall and GWR 7819 Hinton Manor.

First boiler ticket

Restoration was completed in October 1979 when the locomotive entered service for the first time. Mileage recorded during the first boiler ticket was as follows:[6]
Year Mileage
1979 510
1980 1,765
1981 4,451
1982 4,379
1983 3,291
1984 2,215
Total 16,611
Service ended in July 1984,[7] following which the locomotive appeared as a static exhibit at GWRGreat Western Railway 150. A heavy overhaul was deemed necessary including boiler crown stays and side stays and a full mechanical repair.[8]

Second boiler ticket

Following a lengthy period out of service, the overhaul was completed in time for 5164 to re-enter service in 2004. Mileage recorded in the following years was as follows (X indicates not recorded in SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News):[9]
Year Mileage
B/fwd 16,611
2004 8,138
2005 X
2006 X
2007 X
2008 X
2009 X
2010 X
2011 X
2012 X
2013 8,556
Total 92,447

5164 saw out a full “10 year ticket”, although by 2013 the locomotive was ‘sounding extremely tired and worn out at the front end’[10] and with valves ‘playing a tune unbecoming of a steam engine’.[11] Service ended in early January 2014.

Film and television

A short clip of 5164 appeared in the Series 1 Episode 1 of the 2017 BBC drama series 'Decline and Fall'.

Current status

5164 is now awaiting its next overhaul. As of 2019 the locomotive is under cover on display at Barrow Hill Roundhouse, where it moved in March 2014.[12]

The locomotive is owned by the The 5164 Preservation Group.

See also

Steam Locomotives
SVR-based locomotives visiting other events

References

  1. 1.01.11.2 5164.org
  2. GWR Archive Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  3. BRDatabase Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  4. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 20
  5. The BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation. Story, Beckett & Hardingham, 2010
  6. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 152 pp. 24-25
  7. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 75 p. 19.
  8. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 76 p. 16.
  9. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 185 p. 12
  10. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 183
  11. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 184
  12. SVR-Online forum thread 'GWR 2-6-2T 5164' (Retrieved 14 February 2017)

Links

5101 class on Wikipedia
Unofficial 5164 web site
Barrow Hill Roundhouse web site