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Weʼre raising £60,000 to Restore the steam engine Pendennis Castle. Champion of the Great Western Railway.

Location
Fleet, Hampshire, United Kingdom
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In memory
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Complete the restoration of the steam engine Pendennis Castle, Champion of the Great Western Railway, being carried out by volunteers who need our help. My fathers dying wish.

My father wanted us to help restore the GWR (his real love) engine Pendennis Castle, rather than buy remembrance flowers. He'll think it will lead us all and so many other families, onto some mad railway trips. I'm sure we'd all enjoy it and remember him with fondness and affection

Pendennis Castle's claim to fame dates from 1925 when the GWR lent the locomotive to the London & North Eastern Railway for trials against Sir Nigel Gresley's mighty new Pacifics exemplified by No.4472 “Flying Scotsman”. Working 16-coach trains on the East Coast main line from Kings Cross, the stalwart Castle covered itself in soot and glory, thoroughly out-performing its larger competitors. Its exploits were the talk of every schoolboy in Britain and the GWR rather cheekily sent “Pendennis Castle” to stand alongside “Flying Scotsman” at the 1925 British Empire Exhibition at Wembley with a notice proclaiming it to be the most powerful passenger express locomotive in Britain.

No.4079 left England on 29 May 1977 to work in Australia.

Returning to the UK from Australia in 2000. Restoration was started in 2005, with the original intention that a return to main line service would take place in 2008. As of the start of 2013, restoration is still ongoing, by volunteers, funded by donations.

http://www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk/guide/projectitems/4079project.html


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  • Steve Tiller

    Steve Tiller

    a month ago

    Steve Tiller

    A "Castle" Class locomotive at speed. This is 'video ecstasy' to my dad.

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  • Steve Tiller

    Steve Tiller

    a month ago

    Steve Tiller

    Video when No.4079 left England on 29 May 1977 to work in Australia

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  • Steve Tiller

    Steve Tiller

    a month ago

    Steve Tiller

    Following a 10-week voyage “Pendennis Castle” finally regained British soil on 8 July 2000. Her route was via the Pacific Rim, the Panama Canal, the Eastern Seaboard of the USA and across the Atlantic - the opposite way to her outward journey - making No.4079 only the second steam loco to do so after “Flying Scotsman”. There's no doubt that the repatriation of “Pendennis Castle” has warmed many hearts that were saddened when the engine left for Australia.

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  • Oliver  Tiller

    Oliver Tiller

    Nov 10, 2016

    £100.00

  • GWR Admirer

    GWR Admirer

    Nov 10, 2016

    What a beauty! Well worth preserving

    £50.00

  • Karen

    Karen

    Nov 10, 2016

    In loving and beautifully fitting memory of Noel. Full steam ahead and lets get the Pendennis Castle back on tracks. xxx

    £20.00

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Fleet, Hampshire, United Kingdom

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