A Photo Album of Castle
by Adrian Brodie /
in steam for the first time since 1963, on November 8, 2008, Castle class
4-6-0 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe visited Didcot Railway Centre, double
heading a main line excursion from Solihul and return, along with Hall
class 4-6-0 4965 Rood Ashton Hall.
Built in March 1936, Edgcumbe was withdrawn from British Railways in
December 1963. The locomotive entered Barry Scrapyard in May 1964, and
came back out again, kind of intact, in August 1973. She is the
forty-third locomotive to come back out of the famous Barry Scrapyard.
Originally bought to provide spare parts for sister locomotive, Nunney
Castle, eventually, the decision was made to restore the locomotive to its
former glory. And didn't they do a great job! This was the Earl of Mount
Edgcumbe’s first revenue earning main line outing.
the photo with the four engine line-up, to the right of Earl of Mount
Edgcumbe is sister engine, 5051 Earl Bathurst, currently awaiting boiler
overhaul. To the left, in brown War Department livery is
2-6-0 5322, recently re-commissioned to steam, after a complete
overhaul. Originally built in 1917, this engine was sent to
France as part of the war
effort. And, on the left of the photo, is Hall class 4-6-0 4965 Rood
Ashton Hall, also visiting Didcot Railway Centre for the afternoon.
- Adrian Brodie
reverses towards the shed at Didcot,
to join the line-up in
front of the shed.
click on thumb nail images
Hall class 4-6-0 4965 Rood Ashton Hall, class 4MT
2-6-0 5322, Castle class
4-6-0s 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, and 5051 Earl Bathurst.
on the Didcot turntable
ready for departure.
Castle on display at STEAM, the GWR museum at Swindon, in the former GWR
works. In its heyday, in the 1920s, the GWR works was the largest
dedicated railway works in the world, covering 326 acres.
Castles and more at
Tyseley Locomotive Works, Birmingham, UK
class 4-6-0 4965 Rood Ashton Hall and Castle class 4-6-0 5043 Earl of
Mount Edgcumbe stand in front of the 1932 built original four road Great
Western Railway shed at Didcot, on 20 February 2010, having come off a
main line excursion from Tyseley, near Birmingham.
Class 4MT 2-6-0
5322 goes by on the demonstration line.
class 4-6-0 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe being turned at Didcot Railway
February 2010, ready for the return journey to Tyseley, Birmingham.
class 4-6-0 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe stands in front of the GWR shed
Didcot Railway Centre on 29 February 2010.
Hall class 4965
Rood Ashton Hall and Castle class 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe await
departure from Didcot Station, for the return journey to Tyseley,
Birmingham, on 20 February 2010.
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