The Didcot Railway Centre (DRC) has released the plans for steam locomotive GWR King Class No. 6023 “King Edward II”, which include visits to heritage railways around the UK.
Will 6023 be running on the Mainline?
Didcot Railway Centre has said that 6023 will not be returning to the mainline on its current boiler ticket. This is due to a number of problems, from issues with the engine itself to the cost and conditions needed to allow 6023 to operate on the mainline.
The current plan is run 6023 on heritage lines. This will gain income revenues which can be used to speed up the next overhaul on the king. This is due in 2020.
It is hoped in the future that 6023 will run on the mainline, after its next overhaul. Didcot Railway Centre will maintain the king to mainline standard, allowing 6023 to be ready for mainline running if the situation arises.
Which heritage lines will 6023 be visiting?
In February, 6023 will be taken by road to the Severn Valley Railway (SVR), where the king will undertake work to revise draughting, with tests on the line to follow. If these test prove successful, 6023 should be taking part in SVR’s Spring Steam Gala in March and also operate a number of regular train services. 6023 could possibly, subject to agreement, be attending the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway in May, for their Gala.
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