3822

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Built at Swindon in 1940 and withdrawn in January 1964 and sent to Woodham Brothers for scrap. It remained there until 1976.

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date ArrivedDepot
January 1948Pontypool Road
June 1960Severn Tunnel Junction
September 1962Aberdare
November 1962Neath
October 1963Cardiff East Dock

A number of Great Western Society members formed the Heavy Freight Group which raised the funds to purchase 3822 and to undertake the restoration work. 3822 first ran again under its own steam in 1985.

Once restored 3822 was used mainly at Didcot, although it did make several trips to other railways including the Nene Valley, West Somerset and East Lancashire. During 3822’s stay on the Nene Valley it was also used for a Queen video in 1989, when you may have seen it burst through a brick wall, while towing Freddie Mercury and Queen. The title of the song being Breakthrough.

In 1992 the locomotive took the record for the longest passenger train hauled in preservation when it pulled 19 coaches on the West Somerset Railway. It bettered this the following year when it headed a 23 coach train on the East Lancs Railway.

3822 was taken out of service in 1995 for its ten yearly boiler examination and overhaul and returned to traffic in 2002.

It the ran until 2010 when it was taken out of service and placed on static display at Didcot Railway Centre.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Didcot Railway CentreOn static displayGreat Western Society
3822 at Swindon – 1962
3822 in Woodhams scrapyard at Barry – August 1975
3822 passes Castlecroft as it leaves Bury for Rawtenstall on the East Lancs Railway – August 1993
3822 at Toddington on the Gloucester Warwickshire Railway – February 2009
3822 at Didcot – January 2011
3822 at the Didcot Railway Centre – April 2011
3822 at Didcot – August 2018
3822 at Didcot Railway Centre – July 2020

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