‘81XX’

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Ex­pert at lo­co­mo­tive re­build­ing, the GWR took ‘Large Prairie’ No. 5100 (formerly No. 3100 and No. 99) in 1938 and re­built it with a 225lb/sq in boiler and 5ft 3in di­am­e­ter driv­ing wheels. It gained its fourth num­ber, 8100. Nine more – ‘31XX/51XX’ (Nos. 5123, 5118, 5145, 5124, 5126, 5120, 5116, 5133, 5115) – were re­built in 1938/39 as Nos. 8101‑8109. The Sec­ond World War cur­tailed the re­build­ing pro­gramme. No. 8109 was not with­drawn un­til June 1965.

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