January 4th, 2016

3205 was built by the G.W.R in Swindon in 1946 and is the sole surviving member of the 120-strong 2251 class of locomotives designed by C. B. Collett. They had a fine turn of speed and G.W.R enginemen nicknamed them 'Baby Castles'

At a cold and drizzly Shackerstone Station on the Battlefield Line G.W.R Collett 2251 Class 0-6-0 No.3205 arrives with a train from Shenstone and screeches to a stop. This is No.3205's last weekend on the line before it's return to the South Devon Railway. After being uncoupled we hear No.3205 runnning round it's train in preparation for another trip up the line. The other locomotive, The Furness Railway Trust's Austerity 0-6-0ST 'Cumbria' was due to be sharing todays duties, but is having a bit of bother, and is still stuck in the shed receiving some attention. After coupling up, the fine looking locomotive makes a strangely lacklustre departure and the fading sounds are interspersed with the passing by of impatient photographers.


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