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A Tale of Two Kings

 

The Great Western Society at Didcot Railway Centre hosted a very special event on saturday, two Great Western King Class locomotives in action.

 

6024, King Edward I, has been running for some time now and has spent much of her time either at the West Sommerset Railway or oon the Mainline.

 

However 6023, King Edward II, has just been restored to steam after over 40 years.  Withdrawn in the 1960s, 6023 was sent to Barry scrapyard where her rear driving years were damaged during a shunting operation. So it was thought she would never be restored. However new wheels were cast in 1994 allowing the restoration to continue.

 

April 2011 sees the locomotive in all her glory, painted in early British Rail blue, and running together with her sister 6024, King Edward I, at Didcot.

 

There is one other King in the York Railway Museum, 6000 - King George V, alas only as a stationary exhibit.

 

The original wheels of 6023 are below.

 

wheels

 

 

A Tale of Two Kings

 

The Great Western Society at Didcot Railway Centre hosted a very special event on saturday, two Great Western King Class locomotives in action.

 

6024, King Edward I, has been running for some time now and has spent much of her time either at the West Sommerset Railway or oon the Mainline.

 

However 6023, King Edward II, has just been restored to steam after over 40 years.  Withdrawn in the 1960s, 6023 was sent to Barry scrapyard where her rear driving years were damaged during a shunting operation. So it was thought she would never be restored. However new wheels were cast in 1994 allowing the restoration to continue.

 

April 2011 sees the locomotive in all her glory, painted in early British Rail blue, and running together with her sister 6024, King Edward I, at Didcot.

 

There is one other King in the York Railway Museum, 6000 - King George V, alas only as a stationary exhibit.

 

The original wheels of 6023 are below.

 

wheels

 

 

comments (4)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Apr 2011, 09:14
Oh crikey Les: seeing this picture has sent me all of a quiver. Doesn't this engine look fabulous with the single chimney and early BR colour scheme! Can't wait to see her back out on the main line
Les Auld: A real credit to the preservationists Chris, thanks for the comment.
Oh they do look good together.
Les Auld: And sound even better Brian, thanks for the comment.
Wonderful sight. An old friend of mine was at Didcot on the day, it must have been something special to see!
Les Auld: It was indeed Bill, she looks so fine. Thanks for the comment.
Wonderful picture. I can almost feel the ground shaking.
Les Auld: Unfortunately they were only doing about five mph, but I know what you mean, Thanks for the comment Graeme.

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