GWR Large Prairie 5164
|GWRGreat Western Railway Large PrairieLocomotive with a 2-6-2 wheel configuration 5164|
5164 at Bridgnorth in 2005
|Built By||GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon Works|
|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|
|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 Railway|
|1979||Entered service on SVRSevern Valley Railway|
|2014||Withdrawn for overhaul|
|Tractive effort||24,300 lb|
|Pressure||200 lb/sq in|
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..
4150 is also a member of this class.
5164 in service
5164 was built at the GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon Works as part of Lot 259 at a cost of £4,220. The locomotive entered service at Tyseley in November 1930. It remained allocated to the Wolverhampton region until 1956, principally at Tyseley but also at Wolverhampton Stafford Road and Wellington. Duties included the haulage of local trains from Birmingham Snow Hill to Kidderminster and the SVRSevern Valley Railway. During its working life it was allocated to Tyseley 10 times, with the longest stay 3 years and the shortest 4 months.
In August 1956, it was allocated to Newton Abbot, working local trains and also acting as a banker on the Dainton and Rattery Banks. In July 1959, it had an overhaul at Swindon with boiler 5743 being fitted.
In October 1961 it moved to Pontypool Road, from where on 4 April 1963 the loco was condemned with a slipping driving tyre. It had amassed 67,447 miles from its last overhaul at Swindon and 811,367 miles in service. It was sold to Barry Scrapyard on 9 October 1963 and moved the following month.
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 Railway, 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..
Purchase was successfully completed at a cost of £2,250. The locomotive was officially the 30th to leave BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation.,, arriving on the SVRSevern Valley Railway 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:
Service ended in July 1984, 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.
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 Railway News):
5164 saw out a full “10 year ticket”, although by 2013 the locomotive was ‘sounding extremely tired and worn out at the front end’ and with valves ‘playing a tune unbecoming of a steam engine’. 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'.
- The final episode of The Box Of Delights ends with a brief scene involving 5164 at Condicote.
- GWR Archive (Retrieved 28 January 2015).
- EMF Press Release issued 14 December 2021
- BRDatabase Retrieved 28 January 2015
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 20
- The BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation. Story, Beckett & Hardingham, 2010
- EMF Newsletter no 78, November 2021
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 152 pp. 24-25
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 75 p. 19.
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 76 p. 16.
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 185 p. 12
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 183
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 184
- SVR-Online forum thread 'GWR 2-6-2T 5164' (Retrieved 14 February 2017)
- Barrow Hill Roundhouse (Retrieved 26 January 2020)