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Earl of Clancarty, No. 5058 with Dinmore Manor, No. 7820 at Aller Junction, September 1958

Earl of Clancarty, No. 5058 with Dinmore Manor, No. 7820 at Aller Junction, September 1958


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Date: 24th May 2016

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Earl of Clancarty, No. 5058 with Dinmore Manor, No. 7820 at Aller Junction, September 1958

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Media ID 12122873

1950s Devon Locomotive Railway


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EDITORS COMMENTS
"This evocative photograph captures a memorable moment in railway history at Aller Junction in Devon during September 1958. The scene features two iconic steam locomotives, Earl of Clancarty, No. 5058, and Dinmore Manor, No. 7820, coupled together as a 'double header' for a special excursion. Earl of Clancarty, a 2-8-0 'Mogul' class locomotive, wears the distinctive livery of the Great Western Railway (GWR), which was then in the process of being phased out in favor of diesel and electric trains. Its powerful presence and intricate detailing are on full display, from the ornate nameplates to the meticulously maintained boiler and chimney. Dinmore Manor, a 2-6-0 'Prairie' tank locomotive, is equally impressive, with its distinctive profile and unique design. Its smaller size and agility make it an ideal partner for larger engines like Earl of Clancarty, enabling them to tackle steep gradients and tight curves that larger locomotives might struggle with. The photograph's caption identifies the location as Aller Junction, a key point on the GWR network where lines from Bristol, Taunton, and Exeter converge. The autumnal colors of the trees and foliage add to the sense of nostalgia and bygone era, making this photograph a beautiful reminder of the golden age of steam railways in Britain." This photograph is a testament to the enduring appeal of steam trains and the rich railway heritage that continues to inspire and captivate enthusiasts and history buffs alike. It offers a glimpse into a bygone era, when steam locomotives ruled the rails and the sound of hissing steam and clanking gears were the soundtrack of the railway.

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