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No 6014 King Henry VII, c1935

No 6014 King Henry VII, c1935


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Date: 20th February 2007

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No 6014 King Henry VII, c1935

4-6-0 King class locomotive. Built 1928. Seen here in streamlined form

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

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King Turn Table


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This photograph captures the majestic No. 6014 King Henry VII, a 4-6-0 King Class locomotive built by the Great Western Railway (GWR) in 1928. The locomotive is depicted in its streamlined form, a design innovation that was introduced in the 1930s to improve the aerodynamics and efficiency of steam trains. The King Class locomotives, also known as the "Grace's Galaxies," were named after the then Chairman of the GWR, Sir Edward Grace, and were renowned for their power and elegance. No. 6014, with its polished brass fittings, gleaming black paintwork, and striking red lining, is a testament to the craftsmanship and engineering prowess of the era. In this image, the locomotive is shown at a turn table, a crucial component of railway operations. The turntable allowed steam locomotives to be rotated 180 degrees, enabling them to change direction and continue their journey on the other rail track. The turn table was an essential piece of infrastructure that ensured the smooth and efficient running of the railway network. The King Henry VII, in its streamlined form, represents a pivotal moment in the history of steam railways. This photograph is a fascinating glimpse into the past, showcasing the beauty and power of steam locomotives at their finest. The intricate details of the locomotive's design, from the curved boiler to the elegant lines of the streamlining, are a testament to the ingenuity and creativity of the engineers and designers of the time. This iconic image is a must-see for any railway enthusiast or history buff, and a reminder of the golden age of steam railways.

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