Large Prairie 5199
This website is to provide information on the former GWR Large Prairie 5199, restored from scrap condition by the 5199 Project.
After being saved from the famous Barry Scrapyard in 1985, she was slowly restored until she finally steamed under her own power for the first time in preservation in February 2003 at the Llangollen Railway. Since then she has proved a popular machine, both on her home line of Llangollen and at the various railways she has visited throughout the UK since her return to steam.
Upon the completion of 5199, a number of the groups members wanted a new challenge. After running through several ideas, these members came up with a plan to build a brand new GWR Grange as none of the original 80 Granges had survived into preservation. This small group of people went on to form a new group, called the 6880 Betton Grange Society Limited, and they have steadily built up a sizeable membership with over 100 members, however the original 5199 Project still very active, and the Group members are kept up-to-date with the latest going ons of 5199 via newsletters and an annual meeting.
5199 has jus undergone her 10 year overhaul at Llangollen, and should be back in action on the Santa specials. You can keep up to date with progress on our News page.
Please feel free to look through this website where you can learn a brief history of the Large Prairies, 5199 and see photographs and videos of 5199.
More information about 5199 can be found on the Llangollen Railway website and our history page. More content will be added here shortly.
For more information please contact us.