GWR enthusiasts have had a great time lately with two of Charles Collett's finest creations travelling through our patch. I've shown a couple of pics of 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe previously (and there are more to come) but today's post, 23rd April 2011, is all about 5029, Nunney Castle. It passed through Winwick, with support coach, on 21st April 2011 and again, heading a leg of 'The Great Britain IV' tour, on 22nd April 2011. I have received many pics of the two events and four have been chosen for today - others are 'banked'. One hundred and seventy-one 'Castle' class 4-6-0s were built between 1923 and 1950; the first was 4073 Caerphilly Castle and the last, 7037 Swindon.
Pic number one, above, is from Jeff Nicholls. 5029 and support coach are pictured travelling nothbound on a Tyseley - Carnforth working on 21st April 2011.
The same working, through Winwick, was photographed by Geoff Monks, and his shot, above, is next.The 'Castle' headed the Preston to Bristol leg of 'The Great Britain IV' railtour, leg 7 of 9, on the following day, 22nd April 2011.