Great Western Railway steam locomotive 'King George V' 4-6-0 King class, No 6000, 1927

Made:
1927 in Swindon Works
railway company:
Great Western Railway
designer:
Charles B Collett

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GWR 4-6-0 King class No 6000 King Geroge V - 1990.
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GWR 4-6-0 King Class No 6000 'King George V' - 1990.
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King George V steam locomotive No 6000
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Great Western Railway locomotive No 6000' King George V' at Swindon, 1990
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Steam locomotive, No 6000, ‘King George V’, King Class, 4-6-0, Great Western Railway, designed by Charles B. Collett, built at Swindon Works in 1927, withdrawn in 1962. Length over buffers: 68' 2"; width: 8' 12"; weight: 89 tons; driving wheel diameter: 6’ 6”.

King George V was the prototype for Great Western Railway’s (GWR) King class; it was the first of a thirty strong fleet built in Swindon from 1927-1930 in order to meet the demands of rising passenger numbers and heavier carriages. In the late 1950s the front end frames of a number of Kings, including No. 6000, were renewed.

The King class was also the most powerful ever British 4-6-0 design; it had the highest permissible axle load of 22½ tons, and the largest fire grate of 34.3 square feet of any British narrow firebox locomotive design.

King George V was withdrawn from service in 1962. It was subsequently preserved at Swindon and then at Bulmer’s Railway Centre in Hereford. In 1971 the locomotive broke a three year ban on steam locomotives on the mainline which came into effect in 1969, thus consolidating its place in preservation history.

It was claimed for the National Collection in 1975.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GWR_6000_Class_6000_King_George_V

Details

Category:
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Object Number:
1978-7037
Materials:
asbestos
Measurements:
length over buffers: 20777 mm,
driving wheel diameter: 1981 mm,
width: 2743 mm
weight: 90428kg
type:
steam locomotive
taxonomy:
  • vehicles and vehicle components
  • vehicle
  • locomotive
credit:
British Rail, Historical Relics

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