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The next ‘Large Prairie’ in the se­quence, No. 3150, was built with a Stan­dard No. 4 boiler – the same as the one fit­ted to Church­ward 2‑8‑0Ts and ‘City’ 4‑4‑0s – in 1906. In all other re­spects, it was iden­ti­cal to the pre­ced­ing lo­co­mo­tives, even re­tain­ing the 5ft 8in di­am­e­ter driv­ing wheels. A fur­ther 40 (Nos. 3151‑3190) were built in 1907/08, with larger cylin­ders (18½in by 30in). The class was used for bank­ing, which re­quired brac­ing struts from buffer­beam to smoke­box to help beef up the front end. This fea­ture ap­peared on all GWR lo­co­mo­tives with lead­ing pony trucks. The last ‘3150’ with­drawn was No. 3170 in 1958.


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