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Cheltenham Spa St James turntable, 1933

Cheltenham Spa St James turntable, 1933


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Date: 9th January 2009

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Cheltenham Spa St James turntable, 1933

Duke Class locomotive, number 3261, sits on the turntable at Cheltenham St James station, Gloucestershire, 1933. The station was the end of the line so the turntable helped move the locomotives in the opposite direction. The site of Cheltenham St James Station is now occupied by Waitrose

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1933 4 4 0 Cheltenham Duke Gloucestershire Station St James Turntable


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This photograph transport us back in time to Cheltenham St James Station in Gloucestershire, England, in 1933. The image showcases the grandeur of rail travel during the golden age of steam, with Duke Class locomotive number 3261 proudly sitting atop the turntable. The Duke Class, also known as the 4-4-0 Atlantic type, was a powerful and iconic locomotive design that dominated the Great Western Railway (GWR) fleet during the interwar period. With its distinctive long boiler and large driving wheels, the Duke Class was well-suited for hauling heavy passenger trains over long distances. The turntable at Cheltenham St James Station played a crucial role in the operation of the railway. As the terminus of the line, the turntable helped to turn the locomotives around so they could continue their journey in the opposite direction, ensuring a smooth and efficient flow of traffic. The scene captured in this photograph is a testament to the intricacies of railway engineering and the importance of the humble turntable in the daily operations of a busy railway station. The site of Cheltenham St James Station, now occupied by a Waitrose supermarket, holds a rich history that continues to fascinate rail enthusiasts and historians alike. As we gaze upon this image, we are reminded of the romance and adventure of steam train travel, and the vital role that the GWR and its locomotives played in shaping the transport landscape of the 20th century.

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