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About 7027 Thornbury Castle

7027 Thornbury Castle has not steamed since withdrawal from British Railways service in 1963. After spending eight years in Woodham Bros' scrapyard, it was moved to the Birmingham Railway Museum but was not fully restored. The loco passed to Waterman Railway Heritage Trust before moving into undercover storage in Somerset in 2016.

7027 is wholly owned by JJP Holdings (SW) Ltd, based in Weston-super-Mare.

The restoration of 7027 Thornbury Castle will take time, specialist skills and considerable finance to complete. To this end, a detailed plan has been drawn up to ensure that the loco is rebuilt in line with a viable business case for the future. With this in mind, links are being forged now with tour operators and Train Operating Companies so that our loco has meaningful work to do at the end of the restoration.

If you would like to be involved in any way, please visit our Contact page.


Built August 1949, BR(W) Swindon Works
Class: 4073 'Castle' class
Name: 7027 'Thornbury Castle'
Wheel arrangement: 4-6-0
Cylinders: (4) 16 x 26 inches
Driving wheel diameter: 6 feet 8Ω inches
Tractive Effort: 31,625 pounds
Boiler type: Number 8
Boiler pressure: 225 lbs/square inch 
GWR power class: D
Route availability: Red
Withdrawn: 1963

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