King Edward I

One of the most powerful steam locomotives to be built in Britain, King Edward I ordered by the Great Western Railway to haul the fastest express passenger trains from London to Bristol and the West. She will be returning to steam in 2018.

32 Years
75 Miles
Per Hour
87 Years
of age
89 Tons of

Great Western Railway

Fastest & most Powerful

King Edward I entered service with the Great Western Railway in late 1927. At the time the 'King' class was the most powerful in the world, enabling the King's to haul astoundingly heavy trains.

She was one of thirty engines in her class and was based at Plymouth and Newton Abbot from where she worked express trains such as the 'Cornish Riviera Express' from London to Penzance. By the time of WWII King Edward I had clocked over half a million miles!

British Railways

In service & retirement

In the late 1940's British Railways decided to modify all of the King class with new superheated boilers and cylinders, making them even more powerful. King Edward I's modifications were completed in late 1957, just five years before she was retired from service.

King Edward I's was sent to Barry Scrapyard in South Wales and it was not until 1990 that she finally returned to steam by the 6024 Preservation Society. Since then she has performed numerous times on the mainline and has been through two overhauls.

Preserving 6024

Return to steam

She was purchased by the Royal Scot Locomotive & General Trust in 2012 and is currently being overhauled to running condition by the 6024 Preservation Society who remain responsible for the care of King Edward I.

During the overhaul the opportunity is being taken to reduce the profile of the locomotives cylinders. This will make King Edward I slightly narrower and enable the engine to travel to more places on the national rail network when she returns.

Photography courtesy Geoff Griffiths.