Built at Swindon in 1940 and withdrawn in January 1964 and sent to Woodham Brothers for scrap.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 Arrived Depot
January 1948 Pontypool Road
June 1960 Severn Tunnel Junction
September 1962 Aberdare
November 1962 Neath
October 1963 Cardiff 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, when you may have seen it burst through a brick wall, while towing Freddie Mercury and co.

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

It is now on static display at Didcot Railway Centre. In 1989, it was used in the Music video of song Breakthrough by the band Queen.

Home Base Current Status Owner
Didcot Railway Centre On static display Heavy Freight Group
3822 at Swindon - 1962.jpg 3822 at Swindon – 1962
3822 at the Didcot Railway Centre - April 2011.jpg 3822 at the Didcot Railway Centre – April 2011
3822 at Didcot-2011.jpg  3822 at Didcot-2011


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