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Beware of Trains


This year sees the 175th anniversary of the Great Western Railway. As part of the celebrations the West Somerset Railway's Spring Gala had the theme "The Standard Revolution" looking mainly at the later, British Rail, years with some of the locomotives that served the GWR during this time.

The GWR kings were the largest locomotives to be built by the GWR and a few of them have survived into preservation. 6024, King Edward 1, is owned by the 6024 Preservation Society and spends  time hauling mainline steam specials as well as making the rounds of the heritage lines. Built in 1930 it spent most of it's life in south west of England, in it's later years it moved to London and worked the Birmingham and Wolverhampton expresses. Withdrawn in 1962 it eventually ended up in Dia Woodhams scrap yard and then sold for £4000 tot he 6024 Preservation Society and after may years work, at 1.30pm on the 2nd February 1989 moved off shed under its own power.

King Edward is seen here running around the train at Bishops Lydeard, the inland terminus of the WSR.


Beware of Trains


This year sees the 175th anniversary of the Great Western Railway. As part of the celebrations the West Somerset Railway's Spring Gala had the theme "The Standard Revolution" looking mainly at the later, British Rail, years with some of the locomotives that served the GWR during this time.

The GWR kings were the largest locomotives to be built by the GWR and a few of them have survived into preservation. 6024, King Edward 1, is owned by the 6024 Preservation Society and spends  time hauling mainline steam specials as well as making the rounds of the heritage lines. Built in 1930 it spent most of it's life in south west of England, in it's later years it moved to London and worked the Birmingham and Wolverhampton expresses. Withdrawn in 1962 it eventually ended up in Dia Woodhams scrap yard and then sold for £4000 tot he 6024 Preservation Society and after may years work, at 1.30pm on the 2nd February 1989 moved off shed under its own power.

King Edward is seen here running around the train at Bishops Lydeard, the inland terminus of the WSR.


comments (6)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Mar 2010, 06:39
Fabulous stuff Les. When I stood by this locomotive a couple of years back & heard that distinctive crackling roar from its double blastpipe it took me back instantly to steam days. In the summer of 1962 a King was rostered to work the Bristolian set from Paddington to Bristol on Saturdays. I rode behind it from Bath to Temple Meads whenever I could
Les Auld: The sound really does take you back, sadly I never saw a Kong in action until Saturday, they were not allowed north of Shrewsbury due to their weight, so it has been a long time coming. Thanks for the comment Chris.
Still for me the ultimate steam locomotive. Great excitement if one came into St David's when I was a kid in short trousersgrin
Les Auld: I never saw the Kings in real life as they were not allowed north of Shrewsbury due to their weight, so this is the first time I have seen one in steam, a great engine indeed Bill. Thanks for the comment.
Lovely shot Les.
Les Auld: Lovely Engine Michael. Thanks for the comment.
I didn't study the engines types as a youngster.but they always fascinated me.My Gran' used to take me to the bridge overlooking the tracks near Paddington terminal.
To still see them like this Les,is a pleasure.
Les Auld: It is reallygreat to see them in steam not standing idly by in a museum Ron. thanks for the comment.
I'm not a GWR man Les but I must admit these are their locos I liked the best and this is a great shot of 6024. I don't think this has been to Lougborough as yet, perhaps one day.
Les Auld: It has travelled around to a few railways but not as widely as the Duke. It is a fine engine though. Thanks for the comment.
She is lovely and clean. very nice shot. smile
Les Auld: Too clean Linda, thanks for the comment.

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