The pride of one of Britain’s most distinguished railway names, the Great Western Railway sported a myriad of legendary locomotives deserving to carry its beautiful Brunswick Green.
Making its first run in Devon after overhaul and refurbishment is Great Western Railway Castle Class number 5029 ‘Nunney Castle’, seen working its way along the River Exe with the return working of the Torbay Express from Kingswear to Bristol Temple Meads, aided by BR Green liveried Class 47, D1916 or 47812. (14/07/2013)
Evoking scenes of the golden era of Great Western Railway steam is GWR 7800 Class 7828 ‘Norton Manor’ and modified 4900 Class 6960 ‘Raveningham Hall’, both seen at Minehead on the West Somerset Railway. (04/06/2013)
Seen arriving with the afternoon ‘Shakespeare Express’ from Stratford-on-Avon to Birmingham Snow Hill is GWR 4900 Class 4965 ‘Rood Ashton Hall’, seen arriving at Birmingham Moor Street in perfect sunlight and making an equally spectacular sight! (28/07/2013)
Much to the delight of the crowds and the workers painting Teignmouth station, the sight of preserved Great Western Railway Castle Class number 5029 ‘Nunney Castle’ with the southbound ‘Anniversary Limited’ tour from Westbury to Plymouth was a welcome turn up for the books in contrast to the slew of Class 150’s and 143’s. (09/05/2014)
Seen powering south through Teignmouth with the Tyseley to Laira light engine movement is preserved Great Western Railway Castle Class number 5043 ‘Earl of Mount Edgcumbe’, working a positioning move for the next day’s 1Z48 railtour from Plymouth to Oxford, in co-operation with preserved Class 52 Western D1015 ‘Western Champion’. (09/05/2014)
Bursting onto the scene from Kennaway Tunnel is preserved Great Western Railway Castle Class number 5043 ‘Earl of Mount Edgcumbe’, working the second half of the northbound 1Z48 railtour back to Tyseley via Oxford, the first half being hauled half an hour earlier by preserved Class 52 Western D1015 ‘Western Champion’, which would proceed up the Lickey Incline. (10/05/2014)
Flying south with the ‘Torbay Express’ from Bristol Temple Meads to Kingswear is preserved Great Western Railway Castle Class number 5029 ‘Nunney Castle’, seen passing the foot crossing at Cockwood between Starcross and Dawlish Warren. (03/08/2014)