Michael L. Roach
MLR / 5 November 2022
I don’t know if this will be of interest as it is a bit out of area.
Barbara and I had a day in Gloucester today, visiting the docks and the National Waterways Museum (recommended). We also popped into the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum and, in pride of place in the entrance hall, we found a nameplate from 5017. I don’t know if she ever came down to our neck of the woods (I certainly don’t recall seeing her) but what a fine piece of railwayana. One of the chaps in the Museum said he thought it would be worth about £20,000. And the rest, I should think. I hope they have it insured.
On my way upstairs to the Falklands gallery, I found the numberplate, almost completely covered by a framed photograph. With no one in sight to ask (I would have done, of course) I very carefully moved the frame aside. This exposed the Sphinx crest which was carried on the centre splasher. I took the attached photo and replaced the framed picture as it was.
Interestingly, No. 4037 The South Wales Borderers (a Penzance engine in 1956) also carried a Sphinx crest – within a wreath – on the centre splasher.
Anyway, there we are. I was quite pleased with my find!
Regards to all, Trevor Tremethick.
5017 St Donats Castle was renamed for the Gloucestershire Regiment iñ 1954, following their heroic role in the Korean war (the 'Glorious Glosters').
I believe that she was shedded at Gloucester for some years after that.