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5199 was one of ten locomotives built under Lot 284 (Nos.5190 – 5199) at the GWR’s Swindon Works and was completed in November 1934. Its initial allocation was to Tyseley (Birmingham) shed where it remained until January 1948.

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date ArrivedDepot
January 1948Tyseley
January 1948Leamington Spa
February 1948Tyseley
June 1948Oxley
July 1948Tyseley
October 1949Storbridge
September 1961Stafford Road
December 1962Cheltenham (stored)
February 1963Gloucester Horton Road

It was withdrawn from service in March 1963.

After withdrawal and 22 years in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry, 5199 moved to the Gloucester Warwickshire Railway at Toddington in 1985. The owners then moved it to the Llangollen Railway in 1988.

As little progress was made it was moved to MOD Long Marston where much work was done before 5199 returned to Llangollen in 1996 where restoration progressed steadily leading to its return to steam in February 2003. The locomotive has since been a regular performer at Llangollen having completed its last overhaul in November 2014.

The locomotive was sent to Tyseley in January 2018 for winter maintenance work and was steamed again there in January 2018.

The locomotive returned to Tyseley again in January 2019 for a heavy duty overhaul but was back at Llangollen in April 2019.

In December 2020 an agreement was reached between the locomotive owners and the West Somerset Railway which will result in the locomotive being on hire to the West Somerset Railway throughout 2021. Under the agreement the locomotive will be in steam for at least 35 days.

Late in 2021 it was reported that the agreement to keep the locomotive at the West Somerset Railway had been extended to cover a further 50 days of steaming in the period up to the end of December 2022.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Llangollen RailwayOperationalThe 5199 Project
5199 in Woodhams scrapyard at Barry – August 1973
5199 at Barrow Hill – October 2005
5199 at Sheffield Park on the Bluebell Railway – July 2008
5199 at Cheddleton on the Churnet Valley Railway in November 2010
5199 with 49395 at Llangollen – April 2012
5199 at Llangollen – April 2012
5199 at the Llangollen Railway – September 2015
5199 at Carrog on the Llangollen Railway – September 2015
5199 approaching Berwymn tunnel on the Llangollen Railway – April 2016
5199 at Llangollen – April 2016
5199 on the Llangollen Railway near Garthydwr – November 2017
5199 at Parkend on the Dean Forest Railway – June 2019
5199 at Carrog on the Llangollen Railway – March 2020

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