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GWR 5101 class No. 5199 moves to the West Somerset Railway for 2021 season Published: 14th December 2020
GWR 5101 class No. 5199 moves to the West Somerset Railway for 2021 season

 

GWR 5101 class No. 5199 moves to the West Somerset Railway for 2021 season In anticipation of being able to run normal steam services again in early 2021, the West Somerset Railway (WSR) plc announces that former GWR 5101 class loco No. 5199 is moving to Somerset from its current base on the Llangollen Railway before Christmas on 17th December. The hire of the 'maid of all work' Class 4 loco from the ‘The 5199 Project' owning group will last until 31 December 2021 and was agreed by group Chairman Richard Pumphrey in conjunction with WSR plc Chairman Jonathan Jones-Pratt and Acting WSR CME Andy Forster. The Llangollen Railway is fully aware of the hire and move from North Wales. No. 5199 will operate on a minimum number of 35 steaming days in this period, and it is an ideal engine for the WSR being capable of hauling most trains with ease, and many members of the class ran regularly on the steeply-graded branch hauling eight coach trains in GWR and British Railways days. For 25 years, the WSR was host to popular sister 5101 class engine No. 4160 which was restored at Minehead by WSR personnel, but it has now left the WSR and is undergoing overhaul on the South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh under the aegis of Locomotive 5542 Ltd

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