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Built at Swindon in May 1931, and withdrawn from Oxford depot in December 1965.

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date ArrivedDepot
January 1948Slough
August 1953Oxford
February 1963Reading (stored from June 1963)
January 1964Swindon
June 1964Worcester
August 1964Swindon
November 1964Didcot
January 1965Southall
September 1965Oxford

It was purchased in working order by a Great Western Society member, being sent to the small depot temporarily established by the Great Western Society in the old Taplow goods shed. There it was steamed on high days and holidays until able to come to Didcot in October 1967.

It has featured in several films including ‘The Bliss of Mrs Blossom’ when, painted in psychedelic colours, it operated in a contrived snowstorm at Taplow, to the consternation of surprised main-line drivers.

There it has been in almost continual use, apart from repair periods on expiry of each ten-year boiler certificate. Also worked on certain preserved railways, it has been withdrawn from active service for yet another ten-year major overhaul and is currently on static display at Didcot.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Didcot Railway CentreOn static displayGreat Western Society
6106 at Swindon Works – July 1964
6106 at Chalford between Gloucester and Swindon on banking duties – 1964
6106 on Brimscombe shed – September 1964
6106 at Southall – June 1965
6106 at Southall – November 1965
6106 at Didcot Railway Centre – September 1969
6106 at Didcot Railway Centre – September 1969
6106 at Didcot – 1976
6106 at Toddington on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway – October 1990
6106 on the West Somerset Railway – September 1991
6106 at Minehead on the West Somerset Railway – June 1993
6106 at Didcot Railway Centre – January 2011
6106 at Didcot – April 2014
6106 at Didcot Railway Centre – July 2020
6106 at Didcot – October 2021
6106 at Didcot Railway Centre – April 2022

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