6023 “King Edward II”

GWR King Class 4-6-0 No.6023 "King Edward II"
No.6023 was built at Swindon for the GWR in 1930, coming into use in June of that year. As a King Class locomotive it spent most of its working life based in the West Country in order to tackle expresses over the Devon banks. In July, 1930 it was allocated to Newton Abbott locomotive shed, where it was based until November 1936, when it was re-allocated to briefly to Plymouth Laira, from whence it returned in December. It then continued to work out of Newton Abbott shed until February 1949, after which it was sent again to Laira until August 1956, when it moved to London's Old Oak Common depot - covering expresses to Wolverhampton. Its final months in BR service from September 1960 to withdrawal in June 1962 were spent at Cardiff's Canton shed, serving London trains. 6023's final mileage was 1,554,201 miles.

It arrived at the GCR in September, 2012 for repairs prior to an anticipated main line career.

The locomotive entered GCR traffic on 25th January, 2013 at the Winter Gala.

No.6023 left the GCR on 2nd May, 2013.

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