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No 6000 King George V at Swindon Works

No 6000 King George V at Swindon Works


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Size: 3455 x 2778 (1.1MB)

Date: 20th February 2007

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

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No 6000 King George V at Swindon Works

4-6-0 King class locomotive. Built 1927. Seen here at Swindon Works suspended above BR diesels No 08 036 and 08 675

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Media ID 413746

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EDITORS COMMENTS
In this photograph from the Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway (GWR), No. 6000 King George V, a majestic 4-6-0 King class locomotive, takes center stage suspended above two BR diesel locomotives, Nos. 08 036 and 08 675. The scene unfolds at Swindon Works, the historic railway engineering hub where No. 6000 was born in 1927. The King class locomotives, designed by Sir Charles Collett, were a testament to the GWR's engineering prowess and represented the pinnacle of steam locomotive technology during the interwar period. No. 6000, named after King George V, was one of the last steam locomotives to be built at Swindon Works before the shift towards diesel and electric traction. The photograph captures a poignant moment in railway history, as the iconic steam locomotive is suspended above its diesel successors. The contrast between the gleaming steam engine and the utilitarian diesels underscores the transition from steam to diesel power. The cranes and other machinery in the background further emphasize the industrial setting and the ongoing evolution of railway technology. This photograph is a testament to the rich railway heritage of Swindon Works and the GWR. It serves as a reminder of the ingenuity, craftsmanship, and passion that went into designing, building, and maintaining steam locomotives. The photograph also highlights the importance of preserving railway history for future generations to appreciate and learn from. In summary, this photograph of No. 6000 King George V suspended above diesel locomotives at Swindon Works is a poignant representation of the transition from steam to diesel power in the railway industry. It is a must-see for railway enthusiasts and history buffs alike, offering a glimpse into the past and a reminder of the engineering marvels that shaped the railway landscape.

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