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Winchester Castle, No 5042

Winchester Castle, No 5042


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Winchester Castle, No 5042

This image shows Castle Class locomotive No.5042, Winchester Castle at Gloucester Station in September 1955.
Winchester Castle was built in July 1935 and withdrawn from service in June 1965

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Media ID 32209945

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1950s 1955 Castle Class Locomotive


EDITORS COMMENTS
This print from the STEAM Museum of the GWR takes us back to September 1955, where we find ourselves at Gloucester Station. The focal point of this image is none other than Castle Class locomotive No. 5042, affectionately known as Winchester Castle. The imposing presence of this majestic steam engine instantly commands attention, with its sleek design and powerful stature capturing the essence of a bygone era in railway history. Built in July 1935, Winchester Castle served faithfully for three decades before retiring from service in June 1965. As we gaze upon this snapshot frozen in time, our minds wander to an age when steam trains were not just a mode of transportation but symbols of progress and adventure. The hustle and bustle surrounding Gloucester Station transports us back to a vibrant atmosphere filled with anticipation and excitement. The meticulous detailing on Winchester Castle's exterior showcases the craftsmanship that went into creating these magnificent machines. From its ornate smokestack to its polished wheels, every element exudes elegance and precision. This photograph serves as a poignant reminder of the golden age of railways, evoking nostalgia for those who experienced it firsthand while also inspiring curiosity among younger generations eager to learn about our rich industrial heritage. It stands as a testament to both human ingenuity and engineering marvels that continue to captivate hearts even today.

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