Western Region shedmates return to Old Oak ‘home’

SEPTEMBER 2’s Old Oak Common open day provided an opportunity for two Western Region 4-6-0s to return to their old haunts as shedmates one last time.

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway-based ‘Modified Hall’ No. 7903 Foremarke Hall and Didcot’s ‘King’ No. 6023 King Edward II were both allocated to 81A during their pre-preservation careers.

No. 7903 was based there from 1949 to 1963, while the ‘King’ spent four years at Old Oak from 1956 to 1960.

The pair are seen side by side during the morning of the event, No. 6023 having been towed there by ‘Britannia’ No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell. TOM ADAMS

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