‘King’ for a day

TIM SHACKLETON pitches a classic locomotive from the early noughties against its present-day equivalent, using simple detailing techniques to bring the older model more into line with current expectations.

More than 60 years have passed since the mighty ‘King’ 4-6-0s of the Great Western Railway passed into history. They were brilliant locomotives but their size and weight placed restrictions on where they could operate – London to Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff and the west of England as far as Plymouth was about their limit.

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