King Edward II is a Great Western Railway (GWR) heavy express steam locomotive, one of only three surviving members of this class of loco. Introduced in the 1920s for hauling express trains over the steep gradients (banks) of South Devon, the Kings were withdrawn in the early 1960s as diesel locomotives replaced them. King Edward II (a.k.a. 6023) spent many years rotting at Barry Scrapyard, and had her rear driving wheels cut through with an oxy-acetylene torch after a shunting accident. This site tells the long story of her restoration...
NEWS: We are in the process of weighing and balancing 6023 on the new equipment at Didcot Railway Centre. This is work in progress. King Edward II has completed major work on her rear driver springs and revised draughting arrangements, as her reduction in height in 2014 (for mainline use) from 13'5" to 13'1" has had a critical effect on the suction provided by her chimney and consequently the amount of air it draws through her fire. Engine and tender have been reunited following the completion of installation of new rear driving wheel springs. Annual boiler examinations have been completed. Work is largely complete on the required electronic monitoring and communication systems for main line use. We look forward to testing the new draughting arrangements when the loco is released into traffic at DRC. See News Updates.
Through the winter of 2013, King Edward II was put to use on the Great Central Railway following boiler repairs, and starred there briefly under the guise of Richard III following the discovery of the the monarch's bones under a car park in nearby Leicester.
Photograph with kind permission of Duncan Langtree
Through June & July 2011, 6023 was based at Dereham on the Mid-Norfolk Railway for running-in, including their Steam Gala weekend of the 16th-17th July 2011
Photo by Richard Varley of the GWS
6023 was in steam publicly for the first time on 2nd & 3rd APRIL 2011 at Didcot Railway Centre.
Photo from HD video by Richard Varley
Photo by Richard Varley
See Trial & Launch link for many more pictures of our (largely) completed work...
Colour Photo by Phil Neale
All a long way from this...
Oil Painting by Richard Varley of the GWS
Photo by Nick Baxter