City of Truro at the Bluebell
photos taken 13th & 15th October 2006
Widely believed to have been the first locomotive to have achieved 100mph, the famous Great Western
4-4-0 No.3440 City of Truro visited the Bluebell in October 2006.
After a few problems during the early part of her visit, the workshop staff at Sheffield Park deserve great credit for getting the loco back in traffic in time to work the 'City Limited' Pullman on Friday 13th October, as well as service trains over the following weekend, when these photos were taken.
The visit also enabled us to pair the two surviving GWR out-side frame 4-4-0s at a night-shoot at Sheffield Park on Sunday 15th October (the other being Bluebell resident No.9017 Earl of Berkeley).
If you haven't yet seen these two together, I strongly suggest you do so this coming weekend (21/22 October), when the two locomotives will run double-headed for the first time ever on a preserved line
- just one of the many attractions of the
Giants of Steam special event.
Here are two selections of videos (in wmv format) from 21/22 October featuring Nos.3440 and 9017 double-heading. Please click on each thumbnail to view the video.
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18th October 2006
by Jon Bowers.
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