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Unique event!

By BobbyHB
There were supposed to be five visiting engines at the gala, but only four turned up as the GWR King failed with a hot axle box at Taunton.
Earlier in the series we saw Prairie No 5526 with the auto train, and yesterday it was the second visitor, City of Truro. Now we see the third visiting engine , No 9017 from the Bluebell railway in Kent, making it's first visit to another preserved railway.
As if that isn't unique enough, working in tantem with City of Truro is another first, the first time in preservation that two outside framed 4-4-0 engines have worked together. Here No 9017 is backing down to be coupled up ahead of Truro for the run to Kidderminster.
Although the two engines look as if they were built around the same time, there is over thirty years between them, Truro having being built in 1903, whereas 9017 was not built until 1935.
Around 1930, the engines that the GWR acquired when it absorbed the Cambrian railway needed replacing. The then Chief Mechanical Engineer of the GWR, Charles Collett, hit upon the clever way of saving money on a new design of light weight engines, by using the boilers from the worn out "Duke" class 4-4-0 paired with the lightweight, but robust, frames of the "Bulldog" Class.
The resulting engines were known as "Dukedogs" and gave excellent service on the old Cambrian system upto the early 1960's.
Unfortunately I couldn't get a closer shot, or a better angle. Gala weekends tend to get a bit crowded and space is at a premium!
Thanks for popping in and thanks for the clicks for yesterday's upload.
Have a good day, tomorrow we move to ArleyGrin

Tags: General Transport Gala Svr Landscape and travel City of truro Bewdley Double header Dukedog 9017

Voters: snappersue, robincoombes, PeterLaw and 13 more

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18 Nov 2008 10:25AM
What a well presented, shot, great work. The information is very interesting.
AngieLatham 16 790 2 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2008 10:27AM
nice on Dad, and the sky is not blown out which is good Smile I would have maybe cropped the image tighter so that the engines are more prominant in the frame....I dident even see the second engine untill I read the discription! x x
BobbyHB 15 2 England
18 Nov 2008 12:16PM
Thank you Peter and Angie.
Ange, a pair of glasses on order for christmas! :-p.
videotec 12 8 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2008 2:11PM
Another nice shot Bob and very interesting write-up
AlanC1 14 1 England
18 Nov 2008 4:53PM
Super shot as uaual and the write up is very informative.
BobbyHB 15 2 England
18 Nov 2008 5:24PM
Thanks Pete. Glad you could pop in. Grin

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