The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway has announced that Great Western Railway 6000 ‘King’ Class No.6023 “King Edward II” has been unloaded at Toddington, ready for running on the heritage line.
Cotswold Festival of Steam 2019 – ‘Northern Soul’
‘The King’ is one of three guest engines visiting the GWSR for their gala.
Other guests include Mackintosh ‘Caley’ 0-4-4 tank No.419 in Perth Blue and LNER B1 No.1264 in Lined Black with ‘LNER’ on the tender sides.
The visiting locomotives join the five home fleet engines.
The gala takes places between Saturday 25th to Monday 27th May 2019, more information please visit the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway here.
About 6023 “King Edward II”
A member of the Great Western Railway’s ‘King’ class, 6023 was built in June 1930 to hauled the heaviest express passenger trains the company operated. In particular, “King Edward II” was stationed mainly in the South West at Newton Abbott and Plymouth’s Laira sheds, for heading trains into London Paddington.
At 32 years old, 6023 was sent for scrapping at Swindon Works, but a change of plan saw the engine towed to Barry Scrapyard, where it was later brought for preservation.
6023 can usually be seen at DRC, in both steam and on display with DRC’s large fleet of GWR engines. Unlike fellow preserved class members 6000 “King George V” and 6024 “King Edward I”, 6023 carries BR Lined Blue with Early Crest livery and a single chimney.
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