Most websites about individual engines are either because they were famous or are today preserved.

5028 was “Unsung” and is long gone, but she was well liked by the Great Western footplate men who drove and fired her. She worked mainly in the Newton Abbot & Laira Areas.

The following pages trace her story from “Birth” in 1934 to her untimely “Death” in 1960.


CB Collett was Chief Mechanical engineer of the Great Western Railway from 1922 to 1941.  He designed the Castle Class Locomotive and Tender.

FW Hawksworth who succeeded him in 1941 designed an alternative Tender which was less popular with firemen.

Her two Restored Tenders>>

On “Everything GWR” discussion forum 15th Mar 2014 Don Evans advises that tender no.2425 is preserved and now belongs to 6024 King Edward I.

Tender Plate 4105 was sold by Talisman Railwayana for £210 in May 2017