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Edwardian locomotive returns to Swindon

A 113-year-old engine returned home to the STEAM Museum this summer. 

The National Railway Museum transferred GWR 2-8-0 locomotive, Class 2800 No. 2818 to STEAM on Tuesday, 21 August.

 

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Below is the press information sent out to specialist, regional and national media ahead of the locomotive moves.

Its Coming Home! Edwardian locomotive returns to Swindon

A 113-year-old engine will return home to the STEAM Museum this summer. 
 
The National Railway Museum will transfer GWR 2-8-0 locomotive, Class 2800 No. 2818 to STEAM on Tuesday, 21 August.
 
Swindon’s award-winning railway museum will close for the day to accommodate the move.
 
STEAM Curator Frances Yeo said: “We’ve been working closely with the National Railway Museum to secure the transfer of the locomotive which will soon be standing beside STEAM’s Station Platform.
 
"The locomotive will take the place of 7800 Class No. 7821 Ditcheat Manor, which is moving to the display area in the Swindon Designer Outlet on the same day.
 
“Staff and volunteers at STEAM are very excited to be welcoming 2818 to Swindon. This is the first complete locomotive to be owned by STEAM and comes to the Museum in very good condition.
 

“Such rare locomotive moves at both STEAM and the Designer Outlet are going to be a wonderful sight to see for all those coming to watch.

“The return of 2818 to the site where it was built is a momentous occasion.in Swindon’s history and we look forward to having the locomotive on display here at STEAM.”

Designed by GWR chief mechanical engineer George Jackson Churchward, the 2800 class of heavy freight locomotives was hugely successful for the Great Western Railway.

Built in 1905, No. 2818 worked as a heavy goods carrier and was used during the First World War to transport coal for the Royal Navy.

Cllr Garry Perkins, Swindon Borough Council's Cabinet Member responsible for STEAM, said: “This is an important and historic moment for our town. No. 2818 will join the many iconic Swindon-built locomotives currently on display.

“We are very much looking forward to welcoming 2818 home. It is likely to be an emotional moment for many who come to see the move take place as well as those who come to visit the loco at STEAM once safely installed.

“2818’s homecoming will be a celebration of Swindon’s fantastic heritage.”

No. 2818 will arrive in Swindon by road low loader on Tuesday 21 August and the STEAM Museum will be closed for the day.

Andrew McLean, Assistant Director and Head Curator at the National Railway Museum, said: “The transfer of Churchward’s 2818 to STEAM ensures the locomotive’s positive long-term future in its Swindon birthplace.

"It is fitting that a member of one of the most successful of all Great Western Railway locomotive classes will become a star exhibit in a museum which is dedicated to telling the story of both the GWR and Swindon’s important place in Britain’s railway history.

“The locomotive will be seen and appreciated by thousands of visitors who may not have had the chance to travel to the North East of England where it was based before.”

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