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No 6000 King George V in the USA, 1927

No 6000 King George V in the USA, 1927


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Date: 20th February 2007

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No 6000 King George V in the USA, 1927

4-6-0 King class locomotive. Built 1927. Seen here at the Baltimore and Ohio Railway with Britannia played by Lilian Schueler, Driver Young and Fireman Pearce

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In this evocative photograph, No. 6000 King George V, a majestic 4-6-0 King Class locomotive, proudly stands at the Baltimore and Ohio Railway yard in the United States of America during its tour of North America in 1927. The locomotive, built just the previous year, is a testament to the engineering prowess of the Great Western Railway (GWR) in the United Kingdom. The King Class locomotives, designed by George Churchward, were a significant advancement in steam locomotive technology, boasting a powerful and efficient design that would set new standards for steam locomotive performance. No. 6000, named after the then-reigning monarch, was one of the most famous members of the class and was often used for high-profile engagements. In this image, No. 6000 is accompanied by a group of railway personnel, including Lilian Schueler, who is depicted playing the role of Britannia, the symbol of the British Empire. The locomotive's crew, Driver Young and Fireman Pearce, are also present, adding to the sense of occasion. The Baltimore and Ohio Railway, one of the oldest in the USA, was an appropriate setting for this visit, reflecting the global reach and influence of steam railways in the early 20th century. The photograph captures the essence of an era when steam locomotives were the backbone of the railway network, and international exchange and collaboration were at the forefront of railway innovation. The image is a reminder of the rich history of steam railways and the enduring fascination they hold for railway enthusiasts around the world.

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