In June 1927 a new locomotive rolled off the production line at Swindon Works. It was the first of the Great Western Railway’s new King Class express locomotives, and was given the name King George V.
King George V was the GWR’s flagship engine. It was designed to be large, powerful and elegant and there was much excitement about its arrival.
The month after it was built, King George V was sent to America to showcase British engineering at the Baltimore and Ohio Railway’s Centenary Celebrations. On its return to Britain, the locomotive resumed operation on the GWR network, hauling high speed passenger services such as the Cornish Rivera Express.
'King George V – A Locomotive Legend' is a special exhibition that celebrates the 90th anniversary of the building of this famous locomotive which is now on display at STEAM Museum, courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Showing objects, documents and photographs from STEAM’s collection, this exhibition explores the story of King George V, from its design, build and operation; through to its decline under British Railways and eventual return to glory when it became preserved as part of the National Collection.
This exhibition is included with standard admission.