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 Arrived Depot
January 1948 Old Oak Common
October 1948 Slough
October 1950 Reading
September 1960 Tondu
April 1964 Llantrisant
September 1964 Radyr
May 1965 Cardiff 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After a working life of around half a million miles it was withdrawn in August 1965 and sent for scrapping to Woodham Bros.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 but was taken out of service again in 2013 because of firebox problems and is now on static display at Didcot Railway Centre.


Home Base Current Status Owner
Didcot Railway Centre On static display Privately owned
3738 at Didcot - September 1977.jpg 3738 at Didcot – September 1977
3738 at Bidcot-2011.jpg 3738 at Didcot-2011
3738a.jpg 3738 at Didcot-2011


Back to 5700 class

Back to GWR

Back to Locomotives