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No 6000 King George V outside Swindon Works

No 6000 King George V outside Swindon Works


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Date: 20th February 2007

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No 6000 King George V outside Swindon Works

4-6-0 King class locomotive. Built 1927

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

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No. 6000 King George V" is a magnificent 4-6-0 steam locomotive that once graced the rails of the Great Western Railway (GWR). This iconic engine, built at Swindon Works in 1927, is a fine example of the King Class locomotives designed by the legendary locomotive engineer, George Churchward. The King Class locomotives were the largest and most powerful express passenger engines in GWR's fleet, and No. 6000 was named after King George V, who reigned from 1910 to 1936. This engine was built during the golden age of steam rail travel, a time when trains were the fastest and most luxurious mode of transportation. In the photograph, No. 6000 King George V is seen outside Swindon Works, the historic railway works where it was born. Swindon Works was the largest railway works in the world at the time and was renowned for its production of high-quality locomotives and rolling stock. The image captures the engine in all its glory, with its polished brass fittings, gleaming black boiler, and the distinctive red and gold livery of the GWR. The King Class locomotives were known for their power and efficiency, and No. 6000 was no exception. It could reach speeds of up to 75 miles per hour and was capable of hauling heavy express passenger trains up steep gradients with ease. The engine's large firebox and efficient boiler design allowed it to travel long distances without the need for frequent refueling stops. Today, No. 6000 King George V is a cherished exhibit at the STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon. The museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the GWR and its impact on the development of the railway industry. Visitors to the museum can get up close and personal with this magnificent engine, learn about its history, and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the steam era.

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