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The Locomotive That Never Was

 

The design for this locomotive class dates from the 1930s but the Great Western Railway never actually built any. However in the 1990s the West Someserset Railway purchased a Large Prairie tank engine, 5193, in an unrestored condition. The decision was taken not to restore the Praire but rebuild it as 9351, the Locomotive that never was. Although this caused much controversy in the Heritage movement at the time, 9351 has proven to be an excellent performer well suited to the West Somerset Railway's needs.

 

She is seen here on an early morning short freight at Williton.

 

The Locomotive That Never Was

 

The design for this locomotive class dates from the 1930s but the Great Western Railway never actually built any. However in the 1990s the West Someserset Railway purchased a Large Prairie tank engine, 5193, in an unrestored condition. The decision was taken not to restore the Praire but rebuild it as 9351, the Locomotive that never was. Although this caused much controversy in the Heritage movement at the time, 9351 has proven to be an excellent performer well suited to the West Somerset Railway's needs.

 

She is seen here on an early morning short freight at Williton.

 

comments (6)

Beautiful, Les
Les Auld: Thanks you Pamela, appreciate the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 31 Mar 2011, 06:30
And no one can deny this machine is pure Great Western Les: a fine shot. I shall be going there myself at the weekend
Les Auld: Enjoy your trip Chris, thanks for the comment.
Great little engine well captured Les
Les Auld: Thanks Martin, appreciate the comment.
The Great western built a lot of its locomotives from bits of other ones so I don't have a problem with the West somerset carrying on the traditionsmile
Les Auld: A tribute to the standardisation from Swindon Bill, thanks for the comment.
A fine shot Les, I didn't know about this particular loco and its history, good for them.
Les Auld: Indeed so Brian, thanks for the comment.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 Mar 2011, 17:43
A bizarre story Les, restoring an engine to a specification that was never used! Invites serious questions about reality. But enough of the theory - it looks great and your photo is superb. The subtle light on the shadow side is particularly impressive.
Les Auld: Many thanks for the comment Mike, she is a fine tribute to the heritage world.

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