Gwr 4073 Class 4079 Pendennis Castle

Gwr 4073 Class 4079 Pendennis Castle

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pendennis Castle is a GWR 4073 Class steam locomotive, preserved at the Didcot Railway Centre. The seventh of the first lot of 10 Castles built in 1923/4, No.4079 "Pendennis Castle" was completed at Swindon Works in February 1924. She was allocated to Old Oak Common locomotive depot. The locomotive became famous in 1925 when the GWR lent the locomotive to the LNER as part of trials against the LNER's then new A1 Pacific Class, a famous example being LNER 4472 Flying Scotsman. Running from King's Cross to Grantham, and King's Cross to Doncaster, she made the ascent from King's Cross to Finsbury Park regularly in less than six minutes, a feat that the Pacifics were unable to match. The locomotive was also shown to be more economical in both coal and water on the test runs. Before return to the GWR, the locomotive attended the second Wembley Exhibition between May and October 1925, displayed next to Flying Scotsman, with a notice proclaiming it to be the most powerful passenger express locomotive in Britain.
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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 6mm | 150g
  • United States
  • English
  • 6135790366
  • 9786135790368