GWR chief mechanical engineer G J Churchward created a range of standard locomotive designs, using as many common sizes and parts as practical. For branch line and suburban work tank engines which were able to travel just as well in reverse as forwards were desirable and two sizes of 2-6-2 tank engines were created. The 45xx class were fitted with 4'7" driving wheels for branch line service, while 5101 class was in effect a tank engine version of the 43xx general purpose 2-6-0 mogul. Naturally the two classes quickly became known as the 'small' and 'large' prairies.
Equipped with 5'8" driving wheels, large 18x30in cylinders and a free-steaming boiler only slightly smaller than the moguls the 5101 class were highly capable engines, easily able to haul heavy suburban passenger trains and cross-country stopping services over secondary routes. These powerful tank engines were also used extensively as pilot and banking engines on the GWRs more challenging grades in South Devon, the Midlands and the Severn Tunnel.
Several sub-classes were built, the most numerous being the 61xx class which had a higher boiler working pressure (225psi vs 200psi for the 5101 and 43xx), boosting the tractive effort past that of many class 5 4-6-0 engines. These locomotives were originally built for the heavily loaded and tightly timed London outer suburban services, though later many migrated to 'country' sheds working branch lines where crews appreciated the boilers' reserve of power, even against the 5101.

Heljan O Gauge GWR 5101/61xx Class 2-6-2T Large Prairie GWR Green "Great Western" 6110

New announcement from Heljan - Projected for release Early 2018

A new model from Heljan and their first venture into steam in O gauge. Heljan propose GWR and BR versions of the Churchward large prairie with locomotives being supplied pre-numbered.

Designed by CME G J Churchward as powerful multi-purpose tank engines the 5101 class were most frequently deployed on suburban passenger duties, where a reputation for rapid acceleration and fast running was gained. As class numbers grew many were sent to replace 43xx moguls on the heavier stopping trains over cross-country and branchline routes, where the ability to run equally well in forward or reverse was greatly appreciated.
Today several preserved 'large prairies' serve on heritage railways, proving capable on hauling 8-coach trains over challenging grades with ease and ecconomy.

Model painted in GWR green livery. Further details to be advised.

Heljan advise that the prairie has been designed to negotiate the Peco Setrack curve at 1,028mm (40in) but are recommending that a minimum of 1500mm (60in) should be allowed in layout design wherever possible to prevent derailments due to coupling offset or buffer locking.
We are taking pre-orders for these model locomotives now. Please select the 'Click and Collect' payment option on the payments screen, we will contact you to arrange payment when the models are released.

£500.00
MRP £649.00you save £149.00
Next Warehouse Delivery:Feb 15
(Product Ref #8346)

Heljan O Gauge GWR 5101/61xx Class 2-6-2T Large Prairie GWR Green "G W R" 6106

New announcement from Heljan - Projected for release Early 2018

A new model from Heljan and their first venture into steam in O gauge. Heljan propose GWR and BR versions of the Churchward large prairie with locomotives being supplied pre-numbered.

Designed by CME G J Churchward as powerful multi-purpose tank engines the 5101 class were most frequently deployed on suburban passenger duties, where a reputation for rapid acceleration and fast running was gained. As class numbers grew many were sent to replace 43xx moguls on the heavier stopping trains over cross-country and branchline routes, where the ability to run equally well in forward or reverse was greatly appreciated.
Today several preserved 'large prairies' serve on heritage railways, proving capable on hauling 8-coach trains over challenging grades with ease and ecconomy.

Model painted in GWR green livery. Further details to be advised.

Heljan advise that the prairie has been designed to negotiate the Peco Setrack curve at 1,028mm (40in) but are recommending that a minimum of 1500mm (60in) should be allowed in layout design wherever possible to prevent derailments due to coupling offset or buffer locking.
We are taking pre-orders for these model locomotives now. Please select the 'Click and Collect' payment option on the payments screen, we will contact you to arrange payment when the models are released.

£500.00
MRP £649.00you save £149.00
Next Warehouse Delivery:Feb 15
(Product Ref #99450)

Heljan O Gauge GWR 5101/61xx Class 2-6-2T Large Prairie BR Black Early Emblem 6144

New announcement from Heljan - Projected for release Early 2018

A new model from Heljan and their first venture into steam in O gauge. Heljan propose GWR and BR versions of the Churchward large prairie with locomotives being supplied pre-numbered.

Designed by CME G J Churchward as powerful multi-purpose tank engines the 5101 class were most frequently deployed on suburban passenger duties, where a reputation for rapid acceleration and fast running was gained. As class numbers grew many were sent to replace 43xx moguls on the heavier stopping trains over cross-country and branchline routes, where the ability to run equally well in forward or reverse was greatly appreciated.
Today several preserved 'large prairies' serve on heritage railways, proving capable on hauling 8-coach trains over challenging grades with ease and ecconomy.

Model painted in BR black livery with early emblem (to be confirmed, Heljan list 'BR early and late crest black and green versions', we would expect black early crest and green late crest). Further details to be advised.

Heljan advise that the prairie has been designed to negotiate the Peco Setrack curve at 1,028mm (40in) but are recommending that a minimum of 1500mm (60in) should be allowed in layout design wherever possible to prevent derailments due to coupling offset or buffer locking.
We are taking pre-orders for these model locomotives now. Please select the 'Click and Collect' payment option on the payments screen, we will contact you to arrange payment when the models are released.

£500.00
MRP £649.00you save £149.00
Next Warehouse Delivery:Feb 15
(Product Ref #8981)

Heljan O Gauge GWR 5101/61xx Class 2-6-2T Large Prairie BR Green Unlined Late Crest 6111

New announcement from Heljan - Projected for release Early 2018

A new model from Heljan and their first venture into steam in O gauge. Heljan propose GWR and BR versions of the Churchward large prairie with locomotives being supplied pre-numbered.

Designed by CME G J Churchward as powerful multi-purpose tank engines the 5101 class were most frequently deployed on suburban passenger duties, where a reputation for rapid acceleration and fast running was gained. As class numbers grew many were sent to replace 43xx moguls on the heavier stopping trains over cross-country and branchline routes, where the ability to run equally well in forward or reverse was greatly appreciated.
Today several preserved 'large prairies' serve on heritage railways, proving capable on hauling 8-coach trains over challenging grades with ease and ecconomy.

Model painted in BR green livery with later heraldic crest (to be confirmed, Heljan list 'BR early and late crest black and green versions', we would expect black early emblem and green late crest). Further details to be advised.

Heljan advise that the prairie has been designed to negotiate the Peco Setrack curve at 1,028mm (40in) but are recommending that a minimum of 1500mm (60in) should be allowed in layout design wherever possible to prevent derailments due to coupling offset or buffer locking.
We are taking pre-orders for these model locomotives now. Please select the 'Click and Collect' payment option on the payments screen, we will contact you to arrange payment when the models are released.

£500.00
MRP £649.00you save £149.00
Next Warehouse Delivery:Feb 15
(Product Ref #99451)

Heljan O Gauge GWR 5101/61xx Class 2-6-2T Large Prairie BR Green Late Crest 6132

New announcement from Heljan - Projected for release Early 2018

A new model from Heljan and their first venture into steam in O gauge. Heljan propose GWR and BR versions of the Churchward large prairie with locomotives being supplied pre-numbered.

Designed by CME G J Churchward as powerful multi-purpose tank engines the 5101 class were most frequently deployed on suburban passenger duties, where a reputation for rapid acceleration and fast running was gained. As class numbers grew many were sent to replace 43xx moguls on the heavier stopping trains over cross-country and branchline routes, where the ability to run equally well in forward or reverse was greatly appreciated.
Today several preserved 'large prairies' serve on heritage railways, proving capable on hauling 8-coach trains over challenging grades with ease and ecconomy.

Model painted in BR green livery with later heraldic crest (to be confirmed, Heljan list 'BR early and late crest black and green versions', we would expect black early emblem and green late crest). Further details to be advised.

Heljan advise that the prairie has been designed to negotiate the Peco Setrack curve at 1,028mm (40in) but are recommending that a minimum of 1500mm (60in) should be allowed in layout design wherever possible to prevent derailments due to coupling offset or buffer locking.
We are taking pre-orders for these model locomotives now. Please select the 'Click and Collect' payment option on the payments screen, we will contact you to arrange payment when the models are released.

£500.00
MRP £649.00you save £149.00
Next Warehouse Delivery:Feb 15
(Product Ref #9434)
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