The last surviving great western railway saint class locomotive was scrapped in 1953 long before the standard gauge steam railway preservation movement got under way from that moment many people have dreamed of building a new example of churchwards iconic design which influenced almost all subsequent british steam development. 2900 saint class introduction running numbers 4900 to 7929 built 1902 2900 to lot number 132 t hree prototype versions of what was to become the saint class of locomotives were made in 1902 3 the first of these was number 100 and it was completely different to what the great western had produced before built to his ideas on . Churchwards 2 cylinder saint class 4 6 0s were arguably one of the most important locomotive developments of the twentieth century the seventy seven members of the class were so successful that most of the other railway companies in this country used the same 2 cylinder 4 6 0 formula in the design of their own mixed traffic locomotives
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