The Duke of Gloucester languishing among the other rusting hulks at Barry scrapyear in the Summer of 1969
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This could have been such a disaster. I suppose it was fortunate she went to Barry.
Paul Strathdee 07:30, 25-06-2014
I don't know why the cylinders were removed, they wouldn't have fitted anything else. Ideas anyone?
Bill Brown 12:38, 26-06-2014
I belive they were removed so they could be exibited at the Science Museum in London.
Keith Long 17:27, 26-06-2014
Thanks for that Keith. Didn't they have to get new cylinders/valve-chests and Caprotti gear made for the restoration? I would have thought the originals would have been made available. It seems that the original valve-gear was mis-timed which probably was the cause of excessive water and coal consumption. A friend of mine here, now 80, had occasion to fire the beast while at 5A and he said it was hard work to 'keep it oop'! Cheers, Bill B.
Bill Brown 10:27, 27-06-2014
There is a web site dedicated to this locomotive, named dukeofgloucester (the web site name) that contains all the details of the restoration and modifications that were subsequently made.