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BR/GWR Collett 4-6-0 Class 6000 King 6022 Wolverhampton Low Level Station 1961

BR/GWR Collett 4-6-0 Class 6000 King 6022 Wolverhampton Low Level Station 1961 - Low Resolution Image

BR/GWR C. B. Collett Class Class 6000 King No. 6022 'King Edward III' at Wolverhampton Low Level Station on 6th January 1961. Built at Swindon Works in June 1930, it was withdrawn from 84A Wolverhampton Stafford Rd shed in September 1962 and cut up by Cox & Danks, Oldbury in June 1963.

The Great Western Railway 6000 Class or King was a class of 4-6-0 steam locomotive designed for express passenger work. With the exception of one Pacific (The Great Bear), they were the largest locomotives the GWR built. They were named after kings of the United Kingdom and of England, beginning with the reigning monarch, King George V, and going back through history. Following the death of King George V, the highest-numbered engine was renamed after his successor; and following the abdication of the latter, the next-highest engine was also renamed after the new King. The class was designed under the direction of C. B. Collett, as an enlarged version of Collett's Castle Class, which in turn was an enlargement of George Jackson Churchward's Star Class.

Three Kings are preserved; 6000 'King George V' at the National Railway Museum, York on static display. Only original height King; 6023 'King Edward II' at the Great Western Society, Didcot Railway Centre and is operational; 6024 'King Edward I' owned by Jeremy Hosking is at the West Somerset Railway. Its main line certificate expired March 2012, with overhaul scheduled to take place at the West Somerset Railway. The latter two were both rescued from Woodham Brothers scrapyard, Barry, Wales.

A trainspotter, Perter Orr, wearing a donkey jacket poses by the side number plate.

This was one of my first railway photos taken with a Kodak Box Camera, which had a fixed shutter speed and apparture setting. Because of the inability to adjust focus, the small lens aperture and the low sensitivity of the sensitive materials available, the cameras worked best in brightly lit daylit scenes when the subject is within the hyperfocal distance for the lens and of subjects that move little during the exposure - snapshots. You pointed the camera at the subject, pressed the shutter button and hoped for the best, especially when using the flash as in this case!

Date Photo Taken 06/01/1961
Date Uploaded 04/07/2014
Image Owner/Copyright Howie Milburn
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Steam Loco Information for BR/GWR Collett 4-6-0 Class 6000 King 6022 Wolverhampton Low Level Station 1961 - Low Resolution Image

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Station Information for BR/GWR Collett 4-6-0 Class 6000 King 6022 Wolverhampton Low Level Station 1961 - Low Resolution Image


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