Barry ‘wreck’ No. 7027 Thornbury Castle has been bought with the ambition of returning it to main line running order.
A south west based enthusiast has acquired the Great Western ‘Castle’ from the Waterman Railway Heritage Trust.
‘Thornbury’ last ran under its own steam in 1963. It was originally bought as a source of spares by Birmingham Railway Museum, but was bought by Pete Waterman in 1994 with the unfulfilled intention of full restoration.
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Picture shows 7027 in 1963, just months before withdrawal. Courtesy of Colour Rail.
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