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2800 class, 2-8-0, No 2807 at Stanway Cutting April 1957

2800 class, 2-8-0, No 2807 at Stanway Cutting April 1957


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Date: 24th May 2016

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2800 class, 2-8-0, No 2807 at Stanway Cutting April 1957

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2800 Class 2-8-0 No. 2807 at Stanway Cutting, April 1957: A Blast from the Past This evocative photograph captures the essence of steam railway engineering in the late 1950s. The image features the powerful and iconic 2800 Class 2-8-0 steam locomotive, specifically No. 2807, as it navigates the undulating terrain of Stanway Cutting in Somerset. The locomotive's sleek lines and intricate details are on full display, from the large chimney stack that belches out plumes of smoke, to the intricate piping and valves that make up the engine's complex machinery. The scene is set against the backdrop of the lush, green countryside, with the sun casting long shadows over the undulating hills. The railway tracks wind their way through the cutting, disappearing into the distance as they climb upwards towards the next section of the line. The photograph captures a moment of raw power and determination, as the locomotive pushes against the resistance of the steep gradient, its wheels grinding against the rails as it climbs ever onwards. The 2800 Class 2-8-0 locomotives were a common sight on the Great Western Railway (GWR) network during the 1950s, and were known for their reliability and versatility. They were capable of hauling heavy loads over long distances, making them a popular choice for freight and passenger services alike. However, the advent of diesel and electric locomotives signaled the end of the steam era, and by the late 1960s, the 2800 Class locomotives had been retired from service. This photograph is a poignant reminder of a bygone era, when steam locomotives ruled the rails and the sound of hissing steam and clanking gears were the soundtrack to the nation's transportation network. It is a testament to the ingenuity and engineering prowess of a bygone age, and a reminder of the romance and adventure that surrounded steam railway travel.

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