Living Museum of the Great Western Railway

2409 - King George

King George was built by the Hunslet Engine Company in Leeds in 1942 and delivered new to Linby Colliery, Nottinghamshire on 20 May 1942. After moving to Bestwood Colliery in 1959 and on to Gedling Colliery in 1960, No. 2409 was purchased by Titanic Steam Ship Enterprises and moved to Ecclestone, Staffordshire. In 1980 she was sold for scrap to Jeremy Walker scrap merchants of Witney, Oxfordshire, but was rescued and moved to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway at Toddington on 28 June 1981. Painted red, the locomotive was restored at Toddington and became the first steam locomotive for over 30 years to reach Cheltenham Race Course in February 2001. ‘King George’ was moved to Didcot in December 2011 and was dismantled for overhaul.

King George entered service at Didcot Railway Centre in July 2022 as side tank in a blue livery, but the parts necessary to return it to a red saddletank, if required, have been retained.

Build date
Built at
Hunslet Engine Company
Original railway
Linby Colliery, Nottinghamshire
Wheel arrangement
Route availability
All Routes
Boiler type
Non - GWR
Power class
Superheater area
Water capacity
1,200 gals
36 tons

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