Coincidentally, the hardy band of volunteers will be doing some fettling work this weekend at Canal Lock no. 21, further up the line between Lodge Farm Crossing and Coombe Junction. This will clear vegetation from the lock chamber, following the tree felling and major clearance work that was carried out on the structure last October.
All the best,
Castle Class Names
The four additions to the original fleet, 43088 43156 43160 and 43162 are all now in service.
Further recent additions to the fleet:
43009 43010 43022 43027 43029 43171 43172
43009 and 43010 moved from Bristol St Philips Marsh to Doncaster for upgrading on 16th June. They took 4 coaches for conversion.
43171 and 43172 (the former 'Harry Patch') moved from Bristol St Philips Marsh to Doncaster (via a stop-over at Long Marston to collect four coaches for conversion) on 24th July and returned following modifications to Laira on 8th October 2020. Both power cars now carry GWR green livery.
43022 43027 and 43029 moved from Laira to Doncaster for upgrading on 15th September.
According to the website Focustransport.org' GWR now have 35 power cars and 63 coaches for the Castle fleet plus 5 coaches bought for spares from Porterbrook.
43004 Caerphilly Castle
43041 St Catherine's Castle
43042 Tregenna Castle
43092 Cromwell's Castle
43093 Old Oak Common HST Depot 1976-2018
43094 St Mawes Castle
43097 Castle Drogo
43098 Walton Castle
43122 Dunster Castle
43153 Chun Castle
43154 Compton Castle
43155 Rougemont Castle
43158 Kingswear Castle
43170 Chepstow Castle
43186 Taunton Castle
43188 Newport Castle
43189 Launceston Castle
43192 Trematon Castle
43194 Okehampton Castle
43198 Driver Brian Cooper / Driver Stan Martin
SO-FAR UNUSED NAMES FROM INITIAL LIST & DISPLAY OF PLATES AT SWINDON AUGUST 2019
St Michael's Mount (Presentation plate noted on display in 1st class sleeper lounge at Penzance by Roger Winnen 8.10.20).
Berry Pomeroy Castle
The larger fleet now means that further names will be required. I for one strongly suggest 'Bristol Castle' be included and possibly 'Nunney Castle' and 'Farleigh Castle'. Whether or not Berkeley Castle will be chosen is debatable as the steam loco of that name was, on 19th December 1933, responsible for the demise of the great GWR engineer George Jackson Churchward when he failed to see or hear it approaching at speed as he unofficially crossed the line close to Swindon Works.
Guy Vincent 08.10.2020
Might I make a suggestion for a Castle Class nameplate - It's local and more importantly visible from a train. I suggest 'Carn Brea Castle' - KJ.