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 Withdrawn in 1962 it eventually ended up in Dia Woodhams scrap yard and then sold for £4000 tot he 6024 Preservation Society and after may years work, at 1.30pm on the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.
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