Cornwall is off to Quainton
NRM loan brings an LNWR locomotive back to ‘Premier Line’ station as Defiant moves out
UniqUe LnWR 2‑2‑2 Cornwall will replace ‘Castle’ no. 5080 Defiant at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre when the Collett 4‑6‑0 departs quainton Road for overhaul at Tyseley. The Francis Trevithick-designed locomotive will arrive in April on loan from the National Railway Museum, and is expected to remain at the BRC for two years. No. 3020 Cornwall is currently on display at Locomotion - the National Railway Museum at Shildon. The plan is to exhibit Cornwall alongside a pair of ‘Premier Line’-liveried carriages inside the BRC’s Rewley Road visitor centre. Appropriately, this is an ex-LNWR structure, Oxford Rewley Road station building, moved piece-by-piece to Quainton Road in 1999-2000. BRC Marketing Manager, Louisa Richards, says: “When we knew that were going to lose Defiant, we approached the NRM with a shortlist of engines we would have liked to have, Cornwall being one of them, and the NRM said yes.” An NRM spokesperson said: “We’re delighted to be able to loan Cornwall to the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre. It is the perfect accompaniment, given the significant history of the display setting in the former LNWR Oxford station.”
Soon to depart for the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, unique LNWR 2-2-2 No. 3020 Cornwall is pictured on the demonstration line at its current home of Locomotion - the National Railway Museum at Shildon. Defiant is due to depart the BRC for Tyseley,...