Great Western Railways

The Great Western Railway was also known as "God's Wonderful Railway", since it was deemed by many to be the epitome of railway design. That is a very Anglocentric view, but nevertheless reflects the passion with which some people upheld all things GWR. For my money, the distinctive copper capped chimneys and brass safety valve surrounds served to set the GWR sufficiently apart and thereby sanctify them!

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  • Date : Jun 2001, catalogued 02 Jan 2002
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Stewart writes:
    This is a view of Buckfastleigh station in Devon with 0-4-2T 1420 waiting to take the tourists on a return trip to Totnes on the Dartmoor Valley Railway in June 2001.
    This class of locomotive is interesting in that it was fitted for "push-pull" working, whereby the locomotive could be driven from the other end of a set of coaches (but usually one), thus avoiding the need to run-around on short branch line working. (Thomas, eat your heart out)


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  • Date : Jun 2001, catalogued 29 Mar 2003
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : digital camera, image location 101-0142_IMG
  • Description : Stewart writes:
    Here's a detail of the splendid 0-4-2 no. 1420 at the Totnes end of the Buckfastleigh - Totnes line in Devon in June 2001. I know you like GWR polished brass!


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  • Date : Aug 1999, catalogued 28 Aug 2000
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : electronic image
  • Description : this incongruous mix is at Didcot Railway Centre shed - GWR 5051 Castle Class 4-6-0 Earl Bathurst (I think!) and LNER 60800 Gresley Class V2 2-6-2 Green Arrow - both in beautiful condition in August 1999.


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  • Date : 14 Dec 1980
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11334
  • Description : A 4-4-0,Earl of Berkeley, built at Swindon for the Great Western Railway in 1938, and a sister engine to the famousCity of Truro.


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  • Date : June 2004, catalogued 04 Sep 2004
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Stewart writes:
    here's a beautiful shot of a Dukedog currently in superb condition and at Sheffield Park on the Bluebell Line. It's 9017 4-4-0 Earl of Berkeley and is the same class as the famous City of Truro.
    Having not heard of a "Dukedog class before, I looked it up - it was not in my trusty littleObserver's Book of Railway Locomotives of Britain, although it was mentioned as 3217 Earl of Berkeley in Gerald Nabarro'sSteam Nostalgiabook, and a photo of its chassis appears at3217-1(above). A bit of digging on the web, and I found this:
    "Dukedog" were an combination a Bulldog and a Duke, this loco is older than the "building" date suggests. The 1938 rebuild of 3217 used the frames from "Bulldog" No.3425 (built 1906) and boiler and cab from "Duke" class No.3282 (originally named "Chepstow Castle" and built in 1899). A few of the class carried the names of Earls, but 3217 did not receive its allocated name until preservation days.
    (fromPaul Pettit's Heritage Railway Photograhs)


4073 Caerphilly Castle

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  • Date : 6 Mar 1980, catalogued 21 Mar 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome 64, slide number 8638
  • Description : Caerphilly Castlein the Science Museum at South Kensington, London


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  • Date : Feb 1986, catalogued 31 Oct 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 14240
  • Description : The author's sons admireCaerphilly Castlein the Science Museum, six years after the previous phot was taken.


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  • Date : Aug 1999, catalogued 03 Sep 2000
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : digital image
  • Description : Here's a picture of Caerphilly Castle 4073 being the original of GWR Castle 4073 Class 4-6-0 preserved at the Science Museum in Kensington but found in August 1999 at the Didcot Railway Centre. That's 6024 King Edward I standing in front.


4160

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  • Date : Aug 1999, catalogued 15 Oct 2000
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Bishops Lydeard again - this time GWR class 5101 2-6-2T tank number 4160 standing under the water tower in August 1999. The shed plate looks like 83B Taunton, Devon or 88B Cathays, Cardiff.


4277

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  • Date : Aug 1999, catalogued 02 Sep 2000
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : digital image
  • Description : The delightful Crowcombe Station on the West Somerset Railway. GWR Churchward designed 4200 class 2-8-0T number 4277 approaches on its way from Minehead to Bishops Lydeard in August 1999.


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  • Date : Aug 1999, catalogued 24 Sep 2000
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : digital image
  • Description : Minehead on the West Somerset Railway - GWR class 4200 2-8-0T number 4277 double-headed with (I think) a 5101 class 2-6-2T in August 1999.


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  • Date : Aug 1999, catalogued 11 Nov 2000
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Stewart writes:
    I like this shot of 4277 chuffing across the (harvested) wheat fields of the Old Dart - just outside Bishops Lyd this time.


4588

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  • Date : 08 Aug 1980, catalogued 01 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 9991
  • Description : Great Western 2-6-2T tank 4588 sets back onto her train at Paignton on the Torbay section of the Dart Valley Railway.


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  • Date : 08 Aug 1980, catalogued 01 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 9992
  • Description : Great Western 2-6-2T tank 4588 shunts her train at Paignton.


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  • Date : 08 Aug 1980, catalogued 01 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 9994
  • Description : Great Western 2-6-2T tank 4588 being serviced at Paignton.


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  • Date : 08 Aug 1980, catalogued 03 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 9995
  • Description : The distinctive Great Western copper-capped chimney.


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  • Date : 08 Aug 1980, catalogued 03 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 9996
  • Description : The equally (only more so) distinctive Great Western brass steam "dome".


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  • Date : 08 Aug 1980, catalogued 03 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 9997
  • Description : GWR 4588 2-6-2T poses for her portrait at Paignton.


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  • Date : 08 Aug 1980, catalogued 03 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10005
  • Description : GWR 4588 2-6-2T approaches the Dart River and Kingswear.


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  • Date : 08 Aug 1980, catalogued 05 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10006
  • Description : GWR 4588 with train at Kingswear.


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  • Date : 08 Aug 1980, catalogued 05 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10007
  • Description : GWR 4588 departs Kingswear.


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  • Date : 08 Aug 1980, catalogued 05 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10009
  • Description : With boats moored on the River Dart in the foreground, in the distance we see GWR 4588 leaving a trail of steam as she departs Kingswear.


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  • Date : 08 Aug 1980, catalogued 05 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10020
  • Description : The photographer's son poses on the buffer beam of GWR 4588 at Kingswear.


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  • Date : 08 Aug 1980, catalogued 05 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10021
  • Description : GWR 4588 climbs out of the Dart Valley on the eponymously named railway.


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  • Date : 08 Aug 1980, catalogued 03 Mar 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 10002
  • Description : At Churston, the two Dart Valley Railway GWR tanks exchange staffs.


5700 Class Pannier Tank

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  • Date : (unknown), catalogued 09 Sep 2000
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : digital image, image location traindriver
  • Description : I think this gentleman is the clasic engine driver!! Still in Haworth, this time at the station. A 5700 GWR class 0-6-0 pannier tank.


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  • Date : Sep 1999, catalogued 15 Oct 2000
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : more from Bishops Lydeard - this time 6400 class 0-6-0 pannier tank 6412 in September 1999. Too hard to get rid of the line on this one!!


Castle Class

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  • Date : 24 May 1980, catalogued 16 Jan 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 9307
  • Description :
    According to Sir Gerald Nabarro in his book "Steam Nostalgia", there were 3 locomotives named Drysllwyn Castle (5051,5076,7018), and that none of them existed in 1972. Yet here it is on the 24 May 1980, taking part in the Rocket 150 Cavalcade. The loco is not listed in the Cavalcade Guide Book, so unless some gentle reader can fill me in, I'm afraid I can't really say very much about this loco at all!
    Paul Gill (paul@versatile-system.com) writes:
    "Saw your photo of this locomotive, and your question about its name. During the 50's and 60's this loco sported the name of Earl Bathurst which is how I saw it at Oxford Station during my trainspotting days in the early 60's.
    "When the Great Western Society bought it from Barry scrapyard they chose to have it display alternately both names. Drysllwyn Castle was the name it had in its earlier years. When I saw it again in 1990 at Didcot it had the Earl Bathurst nameplates again, so I have never seen it as Drysllwyn Castle."
    My thanks to Paul for this update.


King Class

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  • Date : Feb 1986, catalogued 31 Oct 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 14239
  • Description : A nice working model of a King class on a dynamometer bed, in the South Kensington Science Museum.


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  • Date : Aug 1999, catalogued 09 Sep 2000
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : digital camera (Sony DSC-505), image location KingEdwardI
  • Description : Stewart Hughes writes:
    This is a detail of King Richard I the pride of the GWR system and as a child my very favourite class of loco. 6000 class 4-6-0 6024. The shed plate 81A shows it lived at Old Oak Common shed which was the main GWR shed at Paddington, the London terminus. This stunning restoration is at the shed at the Didcot Railway Centre.
    I spent my youth living first at High Wycombe, on the Paddington - Wolverhampton line, then at Burnham on the Paddington west coast main line. Kings were used on virtually all long distance express passenger trains on those two lines.
    (Am I getting overly nostalgic??!!)


Manor Class

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  • Date : Aug 1999, catalogued 26 Aug 2000
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : digital image
  • Description : This is a picture of 7820 Dinmore Manor standing under the water tower at Bishops Lydeard station.


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  • Date : 1998, catalogued 28 Aug 2000
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : digital transmission
  • Description : This is the cab of 7820 Dinmore Manor (GWR) on the West Somerset Railway shot at Bishops Lydeard in August 1999.


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  • Date : Sep 1999, catalogued 15 Oct 2000
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Stewart writes:
    here's another "de-lined" shot of the lovely Dinmore Manor at Bishops Lydeard station on the West Somerset line in September 1999. I got rid of the old fogey on the platform too (and I don't mean me.)


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  • Date : 2003, catalogued 23 Apr 2004
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Stewart writes:
    not sure if I sent you some shots from the GCR - I went there in 2001 to drive a Manor 7821. Here's a shot of 7821 steamed up and the supremely elegant ex GCR 63601. Details can be found at their website.


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  • Date : Jun 2004, catalogued 06 Jan 2005
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Stewart writes:
    the Llangollen Railway was new to me but it's a splendid little line running along a beautiful Welsh valley just over the English border to the small village of Carrog. This is a shot of Manor class 7822 Foxcote Manor which has just pulled into pretty Llangollen station right in the centre of town.
    Check the Llangollen Railway web site at http://www.llangollen-railway.co.uk/


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  • Date : 1986, catalogued 15 Oct 2000
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Stewart writes:
    more for your Manor section. 7827 Lydham Manor on your favourite Kingswear to Paignton line probably in 1986. I love this picture - it looks like a model railway - albeit a very good one! Note the observation carriage. The sight of the pub always makes me thirsty!


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  • Date : Aug 1999, catalogued 11 Nov 2000
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Stewart writes:
    7828 Odney Manor pulling into the station next up from Minehead the name of which escapes me. Having driven K160 at Maldon backwards I know how hard it is to see anything. You also get RSI as the controls are all in the wrong place (behind you!) Still they look as if they are enjoying having their photo taken.


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  • Date : Aug 1999, catalogued 03 Sep 2000
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : digital camera (Sony DSC-505), image location CrowcombeDH
  • Description : Another shot of Crowcombe Station on the West Somerset Railway. A rather incongruous looking double header: both GWR class 4500 2-6-2T 5541 coupled to Manor Class 4-6-0 Odney Manor on a sunny summer's day in August 1999.


Miscellaneous

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  • Date : Aug 1999, catalogued 09 Sep 2000
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : digital camera (Sony DSC-505), image location Snowdonview
  • Description : Stweart writes: "I think this may fill a gap in your Welsh collection - the Snowdonia railway. I cannot give you any information on this railway, only some photographs of stunning scenery. This was a fantastic day in August 1999 - our second walk to the top in two years - it's a hard slog up the second highest mountain in Britain - 3,558 feet to be precise."


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  • Date : Aug 1998, catalogued 24 Sep 2000
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : digital image, image location Snowdoniamist
  • Description : The station at the top of Mount Snowdon on a cold cloud covered summer's (!!) day in August 1998 with a train ready to depart for the trip down to the bottom. Our 1999 climb was much more pleasant - we did not see a thing in 1998!


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