Posted on 03-Jun-2019

Didcot Railway Centre


07-Jun-2019 – 09-Jun-2019
On 7, 8 and 9 June we bring together two locomotives which represent the beginning and end of the remarkable engineering strategy that the Great Western Railway pursued for 50 years in the first half of the 20th century. It resulted in an unrivaled motive power fleet based on standardised components, with all the economies of scale associated with that strategy.

2999 Lady of Legend has been rebuilt to represent the Saint class, prototypes of which appeared from 1901, which was arguably the most important steam locomotive design in Britain of the early 20th century. 7903 Foremarke Hall represents the final batch of locomotives on the Saint theme of 4-6-0 wheel arrangement and two outside cylinders, still being built in 1950.

The common thread is the Swindon Standard No 1 boiler which was used on no less than five classes – Saint, Star, Hall and Grange 4-6-0s and 28xx 2-8-0s. It provides the unmistakable GWR family resemblance between the two locomotives.

Also this weekend the Black Python Bar will be open. A selection of Real Ales & Ciders will be available – why not pop in and try some? All funds raised go towards restoration of Heavy Freight 2-8-2T 7202.

We look forward to welcoming you in the unique atmosphere of our 1930s Engine Shed, housing a collection of Great Western Railway locomotives for you to marvel at their huge size when seen from ground level! They tell the story of the railway’s policy of standardisation from 1900 to 1950.
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