Churchward No. 4270 marks its centenary at Gloucs-Warks line as Foremarke Hall turns 70

JEREMY Hosking’s Churchward ‘42XX’ 2-8-0T No. 4270 celebrated its 100th anniversary at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (GWSR) over the weekend of September 14-15. 

There was no telegram from HM Queen for this particular centenary, but the GWSR acknowledged the milestone with the production of a special headboard, which the heavy freight tank carried all weekend.

Centenarian No. 4270 and septuagenarian No. 7903 Foremarke Hall pose in Toddington yard with members of the loco department on September 14. Inset: The commemorative headboard carried by No. 4270 marking its 100th anniversary. BOTH: IAN CROWDER/GWSR

The locomotive was completed at the Great Western Railway’s Swindon Works in 1919, and like many of the class was put to work in South Wales hauling coal trains of up to 1,000 tons from the Valleys to the ports. 

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