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No 4062 Malmesbury Abbey

No 4062 Malmesbury Abbey


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Date: 27th February 2008

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No 4062 Malmesbury Abbey

4-6-0 Star Class Locomotive. Built May 1922

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Media ID 698323

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4 6 0 Abbey Star Malmesbury


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No. 4062 Malmesbury Abbey, a majestic 4-6-0 Star Class Locomotive, proudly stands at the Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway. Built in May 1922 at Swindon Works, this locomotive is a testament to the engineering prowess of the GWR during the early 20th century. The Star Class, designed by George Churchward, was a significant development in GWR locomotive design, featuring a Belpaire firebox and a superheated boiler for improved efficiency. No. 4062, named after the historic town of Malmesbury and its iconic abbey, was one of 120 locomotives built for the Star Class. The Star Class locomotives saw extensive use on the GWR network, hauling passenger and freight trains with ease. Their powerful 4-6-0 wheel arrangement and large boilers enabled them to tackle the challenging gradients and curves of the network's branch lines. No. 4062 Malmesbury Abbey was withdrawn from service in 1962, but was preserved for future generations to appreciate. Today, it is a cherished exhibit at the Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway, where visitors can marvel at its intricate details and the engineering marvels of the past. The locomotive's gleaming brass fittings, polished steel wheels, and the distinctive Star Class chimney stack are a sight to behold. The intricate details of the engine's design, from the valve gear to the cab fittings, are a testament to the skill and craftsmanship of the GWR's engineers. No. 4062 Malmesbury Abbey is not just a locomotive, but a piece of history that tells the story of the GWR and the role it played in shaping the railway network of the UK. A visit to the Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway is an opportunity to step back in time and experience the magic of steam rail travel.

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