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Collett GWR King and Castle class locomotives

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    neildimmer Resident of Nat Pres

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    Collection of photos featuring Collett’s King & Castle class locomotives

    This collection features the Castle Class 5003-5012 Built 1927

    Including the rather ungainly streamlined 5005 Manorbier Castle

    In 1935 attention was turning to streamlining locomotives, particularly with the introduction of the LNER A4, and the GWR felt that they could gain publicity in this area. Instructions were passed to Swindon Works to select a suitable locomotive and as 5005 Manorbier Castle was being prepared for test, additions were made to the locomotive to effect some streamlining. The application of shaped steel sheet in an attempt to smooth airflow has been described as a "bodge-up" and certainly lacked either the elegance of the A4 design, or the sense of power associated with the streamlined LMS Coronation Class introduced 2 years later. Once the additions had been added a test run was carried out between Bristol and Swindon during which Manorbier Castle achieved a speed of 100 mph (true or false?), but the experiment did not have any lasting effect on GWR locomotive design and the additions were later removed.
    https://tinyurl.com/kne6e5c4
    https://tinyurl.com/yc66cfxb
    partially streamlined
    https://tinyurl.com/4eudasfs
    streamlining removed
    https://tinyurl.com/bdhme75p

    Full collection of 70 photos starts here with
    5003 Lulworth Castle
    https://tinyurl.com/yzape33x
    to
    5012 Berry Pomeroy Castle
    https://tinyurl.com/yc25sdas
    https://tinyurl.com/332wxjz5

    Neil
     
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