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No 5043 Barbury Castle

No 5043 Barbury Castle


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Date: 20th February 2007

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

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No 5043 Barbury Castle

4-6-0 Castle class locomotive. Built 1936. Seen here on the Cheltenham Flyer run

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Media ID 413714

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This photograph showcases No. 5043 Barbury Castle, a majestic 4-6-0 Castle class locomotive built in 1936, as it gracefully pulls the Cheltenham Flyer train through an idyllic English countryside. The steam engine, adorned with its distinctive green livery and intricate brass fittings, epitomizes the golden age of rail travel. The Cheltenham Flyer was a famous express passenger train service operated by the Great Western Railway (GWR) between London Paddington and Cheltenham Spa, passing through picturesque towns and villages in the Cotswolds. This photograph captures the essence of the journey, with the lush green landscape and vibrant autumn colors framing the engine and train. No. 5043 Barbury Castle was one of the last Castle class locomotives to be built, and it showcases many advanced features for its time, including a superheated boiler and a Belpaire firebox. Its powerful and efficient design made it a popular choice for the demanding express passenger services. The photograph also highlights the meticulous attention to detail that went into maintaining the steam engines and the rolling stock of the GWR. The gleaming paintwork, polished brass fittings, and pristine uniforms of the railway staff all contribute to the sense of elegance and sophistication that defined the era. This photograph is a testament to the enduring romance of steam rail travel and the rich history of the Great Western Railway. It invites us to imagine the thrill of embarking on a journey through the beautiful English countryside, surrounded by the sights, sounds, and smells of a bygone era.

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