5051 & 18000 Toddington 3 June 2010

A real 'Castle and 'Kerosene Castle'! Castle Class 4-6-0 5051 Earl Bathurst poses in the morning sunshine next to GWR gas turbine loco 18000 at Toddington on 3 June 2010. Brought together, along with many other Great Western Railway exhibits for the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's GWR 175 celebrations, these two locos show the Great Western's idea of express passenger locos 1920s and 1940s style. While the Castle Class continued to perform on top link trains well into the BR era, the Brown Boveri built gas turbine failed to live up to its promise and was destined to be just a one off.