Royal Steamer ‘Nunney Castle’ Stuns Railfans!
Engine #5029 of the GWR 4073 class makes an awesome appearance at the Sydney Gardens, the oldest park in the city of Bath, England. #5029 also known as Nunney Castle, was built in 1934 and has quite the “track” record!
You can begin to hear her chugging along at about :25 but the real show begins around 1:25!Advertisement
During the first day of the World War II Evacuations, #5029 Nunney Castle was there on the front lines, hauling passenger trains filled with children being saved from the horrors about to befall London, transporting them to the countryside! The Locomotive also has the prestigious honor of hauling the British Royal Train in October of 1957 from the London Paddington station to Gloucester!
Watch as the smoke billows into the tunnel and hits archways, creating rarely seen smoke formations
In official service until 1963 and then sold for the first time in 1964, the engine was the final steam engine delivered via rail to the scrap yard in Barry, The Vale of Glamforan. There it sat for around 12 years until it was purchased by a private consortium, finally seeing its first bit of service again in the 1990’s. In the mid-late 2000’s Nunney was sold to Jeremy Hosking, an English Businessman who is well known for his extensive collection of steam locomotives, and after another extensive overhaul Locomotive #5029 saw the main line once again in April of 2008!
Have you seen the Nunney Castle, or any other 4073 class locomotives? We’d love to hear about any sightings you might have had!