A question of standardisation


I have written before about the standardisation of the GWR locomotives. That is probably one of the great legacies of the railway.

This was demonstrated to me by a number of things last weekend during a visit to Didcot.

I had spent the previous week doing an intensive training course and my brain was quite broken by Friday so I took myself off, staying the night in Reading and then spending the day in Didcot on the Saturday.

One of the reasons I wanted to go to Didcot was to see progress on the County. With my particular favourite flavour of GWR being Hawksworth I was intrigued to see the new build project. It is starting to look a mighty impressive machine and with a tractive effort comparable with a Castle is really was the ultimate 2 cylinder 4-6-0 of the GWR.

Unfortunately for the casual visitor the loco is…

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