6024 king edward 1
Pic courtesy of Steamlocomotives.co.uk
6024 was built in June 1930, a King class GW locomotive weighing 136 tons. She was saved from the cutters torch at Dai Woodhams at Barry by the 6024 Preservation Society, who run and maintain her to this day.
The locomotive is no stranger to the mainline and is a regular visitor to heritage railways.
The locomotive is currently undergoing a very heavy overhaul, which will see her emerge even better than before, hopefully in 2020.
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Great news! On Thursday 9th January 2020 6024's boiler finally returned to Minehead along with its new ashpan and was reunited with the rest of the locomotive. A big thank you to Ian Riley and his team at Riley & Son E Ltd Locomotive Engineers. The day when 6024 finally got to look a bit more like herself once more!
On Thursday October 31st 6024’s boiler passed its formal hydraulic test with flying colours. The boiler inspector pronounced himself very happy with what he saw.
The first fire since 2012 was lit on Sunday November 3rd. The steam test followed on Tuesday November 5th.
On Tuesday November 5th 6024’s boiler was subject to its official “in steam” boiler exam with our insurance inspector assessing the freshly overhauled boiler. Also in attendance were 6024PS officers and, of course, Riley & Sons (E) Ltd staff.
Since that time the tender has left Highbridge and re-joined the locomotive at Minehead.