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3738 emerging from Swindon works in September 1937. It was allocated to Old Oak Common depot in London.

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date ArrivedDepot
January 1948Old Oak Common
October 1948Slough
October 1950Reading
September 1960Tondu
April 1964Llantrisant
September 1964Radyr
May 1965Cardiff East Dock

After a working life of around half a million miles it was withdrawn in August 1965 and sent for scrapping to Woodham Bros. of Barry in August 1965. From there it was bought by two Society members, who brought it to Didcot in 1974, where it was restored to full operational use in 1975. This was achieved with the aid of parts donated from classmate 3650.

After overhauls it last returned to service in 2007 for the third time in preservation. It was then taken out of service again in 2013 because of firebox problems and is now on static display at Didcot Railway Centre.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Didcot Railway CentreOn static displayGreat Western Society
3738 at Swindon works – September 1958
3738 in Woodhams scrapyard at Barry – August 1973
3738 at Didcot – September 1977
3738 at Didcot Railway Centre – March 1981
3738 at Didcot – May 2009
3738 at Didcot – January 2011
3738 at Didcot – April 2011
3738 at Didcot – June 2011
3738 at Didcot – August 2018
3738 at Didcot Railway Centre – July 2020
3738 fitted with a spark arrestor at Didcot Railway Centre – July 2021

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