A steam classic

by davidtrout

When the Great Western Railway introduced its 28XX class of heavy freight locomotives in 1903 they were advanced for their time and more than 160 were built right up till the 1930s. This survivor is at Locomotion Shildon and is soon to be transferred to the Head of Steam Museum in Swindon where it was built before WW1.
Uploaded15/03/2018 - 16:13
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alfpics
Posted 15/03/2018 - 22:14 Link
Love it! Was unaware of a steam museum at Swindon. As a young teenager (and trainspotter in the proper sense of the word), I would regularly visit Swindon loco works when they were open. That all shut a long time ago - so nice to hear that there is some form of museum there now!
Andy
davidtrout
Posted 15/03/2018 - 23:15 Link
The museum is in part of the works buildings which still exist at Swindon, along with a shopping outlet Andy.
David
davidwozhere
Posted 16/03/2018 - 01:17 Link
I do find it worrying that the National Railway museum(s) are offloading their large exhibits at an increasing pace to private institutions.
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davidtrout
Posted 16/03/2018 - 08:41 Link
davidwozhere wrote:
I do find it worrying that the National Railway museum(s) are offloading their large exhibits at an increasing pace to private institutions.

This is the third locomotive being sold to institutions outside the NRM, the others being the transfer of the North Staffordshire 0-6-2 tank loco to the Foxfield Railway in Staffordshire and the LSWR T3 4-4-0 to the Swanage Railway in Dorset. All three are going with strict conditions as to their long term future and all three are going back to the areas where they spent their working lives as opposed to hundreds of miles away in the North of England. . The move has been very controversial but the new owners are all established railway heritage centres and the sales may be to free up National Railway Museum resources for other purchases. I'm keeping an open mind on the wisdom of the policy.
Edited by davidtrout: 16/03/2018 - 08:45
bwlchmawr
Posted 16/03/2018 - 20:57 Link
Always nice to see some Western engineering.
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