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Modified 5-Apr-14
Created 5-Apr-14
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In a preservation first, Didcot Railway Centre hosted three British Railways blue steam locomotives together in one place. New-build steam locomotive Peppercorn class A1 60163 "Tornado" joined forces with ex-GWR King Class 6023 "King Edward II" and ex-LNER Class A4 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley" in an all blue line up at Didcot.

During the morning, the designers of 6023 (Charles Collett) and 60007 (Nigel Gresley), both of whom died on 5 April (Collett in 1952, Gresley in 1941), were remembered on the anniversary of their passing, and wreaths were placed on the front of their respective locomotives. The locos' whistles were then operated for one minute - quite a sound!

6023 "King Edward II", 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II", 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II", 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II", 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II", 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II", 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II", 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II", 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II", 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II", 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II", 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II", 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II" - 5 Apr 2014

60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II", 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II", 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley" - 5 Apr 2014

60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley" - 5 Apr 2014

60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II", 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II", 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II", 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II", 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II", 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II", 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II", 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II", 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II", 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

6023 "King Edward II", 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley", 60163 "Tornado" - 5 Apr 2014

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