Clun Castle, a Steam Locomotive

Picture of Clun Castle, a steam locomotive from The Olden Days
Clun Castle (4-6-0 configuration)


Built: Built in Swindon, May 1950

Description: Great Western Railways "Castle" class (4-6-0) locomotive.Tractive effort 31,625 lbf

Duties: Served on the Great Central Railway and Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway, and on the Steam Locomotive Driving Experience Courses which were run at Tyseley. In 1967, it hauled trains to mark closure of the G.W.R. route to Birkenhead, from King's Cross to Newcastle, and over the Settle-Carlisle Railway. In 1986 it hauled the last train from the old Birmingham Moor Street station.

Significant Events: On 9 May 1964 was timed at 96 mph on the descent of Wellington Bank in Somerset.

Retirement: The last 'Castle' to remain in BR service. Withdrawn in 1965, and bought for its scrap value of £2,400 by Patrick Whitehouse in 1966. Its ownership was then passed to 7029 Clun Castle Ltd. and it has since been restored and preserved at Tyseley Locomotive Works, where it is currently undergoing an overhaul with a possible return to traffic in 2014.


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