OURS/SLS: Castle Farewell Tour 16/5/64
Collett Castle class 4-6-0 no. 5054 Earl of Ducie was the sole motive power for this tour from Paddington to Hereford via Oxford returning via Severn Tunnel Junction and Swindon. This shot was taken at Worcester Shrub Hill on the outward leg of the tour. 5054 was at home here as it was an 85A allocated engine at the time but would be moved to 85B Gloucester Horton Road in the August whence withdrawal came in October 1964. It was obviously an engine in very good form as it was timed at 93 and 94mph at two locations during the trip.
[Mike Morant collection]