King Edward 2, a 4-6-0 Configuration Steam Locomotive

Picture of King Edward 2, a "King" class steam locomotive
King Edward 2 (6023)

Built: Built by GWR in 1930 for taking express trains over the steep banks of South Devon.

Description: KIng class 4-6-0 locomotive. Tractive effort: 40300ftp. Weight: 135.2t

Duties: For most of its working life it was allocated to Newton Abbott and Laira (Plymouth), working express passenger trains to and from Devon to London Paddington.

Significant Events: Withdrawn in June 1962, it was sent to Swindon for breaking up. However, in light of the installation of a new bridge west of Bristol towards South Wales, it was coupled to its twin, 6024 King Edward I, and towed to the bridge for weight testing purposes. With both locomotives now closer to South Wales than Swindon, the decision was made to sell them to Woodham Brothers scrapyard in Barry Island.

Retirement: Restored by Great Western Society, 6023 is now kept at Didcot Railway Centre in Oxfordshire.

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