Kings lined up wait­ing for the chop

Black Country Bugle - - YOUR LETTERS - By DAN SHAW

THIS is a sad sight for rail­way en­thu­si­asts – three mighty King Class lo­co­mo­tives parked on a sid­ing and wait­ing their fi­nal jour­ney to the scrap­yard.

The pic­ture was taken in Septem­ber 1962 at the Stafford Road De­pot in Wolver­hamp­ton.

The GWR’S King Class were among the most pow­er­ful rail­way lo­co­mo­tives ever built in the Bri­tain, de­signed to haul the Great Western’s pres­ti­gious ex­press pas­sen­ger ser­vices. They were a fre­quent sight in the Black Coun­try, work­ing the Wolver­hamp­ton-birm­ing­ham-pad­ing­ton ex­presses and sev­eral of them were based at Stafford Road over the years.

We can iden­tify only one of the lo­co­mo­tives in this pic­ture, 6017 King Ed­ward IV. Built at the Swin­don works in 1928, this en­gine was the very first King to be based at Stafford Road, ar­riv­ing there brand new in June 1928.

King Ed­ward IV ended its work­ing life at Stafford Road too and was with­drawn from ser­vice in July 1962.

The en­gine re­mained in the Black Coun­try. Its last jour­ney was to the scrap­yard of Cox and Danks in Tat Bank Road, Lan­g­ley Green, Old­bury. It was cut up in May 1963.

6017 King Ed­ward IV was one of a dozen steam en­gines that were scrapped by Cox and Danks at their Old­bury de­pot – one Cas­tle Class and 11 Kings from Wolver­hamp­ton. The oth­ers were 5045 Earl of Dud­ley, 6001 King Ed­ward VII, 6002 King Wil­liam IV, 6007 King Wil­liam III, 6012 King Ed­ward VI, 6014 King Henry VII, 6015 King Richard III, 6016 King Ed­ward V, 6020 King Henry IV, 6022 King Ed­ward III, and 6027 King Richard I.

Out of ser­vice Kings class lo­co­mo­tives at Stafford Road de­pot in Wolver­hamp­ton in Septem­ber 1962

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