COTSWOLD ‘CROMWELL’ – 70013 TO STAR AT GWSR

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Steam Rail­way read­ers’ ap­peal ‘Bri­tan­nia’ Oliver Cromwell will star at the Glouces­ter­shire War­wick­shire Steam Rail­way’s ‘Cotswold Fes­ti­val of Steam’. Na­tional Col­lec­tion ‘7MT’ No. 70013 will be mak­ing its first visit to the GWSR for the May 26-28 event, and it will be the first time a mem­ber of the class has worked over the for­mer Chel­tenham Strat­ford route since BR days. No. 70013 is the third vis­it­ing lo­co­mo­tive con­firmed for the event, fol­low­ing pre­vi­ously con­firmed ‘King’ No. 6023 King Ed­ward II and Chur­net Val­ley Rail­way-based ‘S160’ No. 5197. It will be sec­ond time lucky for the USATC 2-8-0 class on the GWSR in re­cent years; No. 5197’s class­mate and CVR sta­ble­mate No. 6046 had been booked to at­tend last year’s event but had to with­draw at the eleventh hour owing to an over­heat­ing big end bear­ing (see SR468). Be­cause of this, the CVR is let­ting the GWSR use No. 5197 free of charge. Llan­gollen Rail­way-based ‘64XX’ 0-6-0PT No. 6430 will be the fourth guest, and the pan­nier tank will run with the line’s DMU set. The gala will be the first in which trains will travel over the GWSR’s newly com­mis­sioned ex­ten­sion to Broad­way, and all of the rail­way’s cur­rent op­er­a­tional steam fleet is ex­pected to be in ac­tion.

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