Front End Friday #FEF #frontendfriday
In 1957, preserved 3440 ‘City of Truro’ was dragged out of retirement back into regular service for a while. True! The engine came to fame after reputedly reaching a record breaking 100 mph back in 1904, though the finer details are contested - there’s plenty online for those with an inquisitive mind.
Upon re entering service, the engine was mostly used on the Didcot Newbury and Southampton line, but also made regular appearances on enthusiast rail tours carrying socially challenged tweed-clad mother’s boys and men with hygiene issues.
Here is the shiny beast, freshly buffed up on a SLS (Stephenson Locomotive Society) rail excursion arriving at Combwich in late August 1957.
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