Clun Castle loco passing through Hinckley Station this Thursday

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 25 July 2021

THE 7029 Clun Castle steam locomotive is set to wow rail enthusiasts this Thursday (29 July), where it will steam through Hinckley railway station.

Clun Castle (Vintage Trains / Network Rail Media) / Hinckley Station Sign (Mason Moore / HFP)

According to Realtime Trains, the now-withdrawn 50’s-built steam, which makes occasional appearances on railway lines, will be heading from Leicester to Tyseley.

Clun Castle will depart from Platform 4 at Leicester station around 7:54pm, before speeding through Hinckley at 8.13pm, where it will continue to Nuneaton on Platform 6 six minutes later at 8.19pm.

It gives rail enthusiasts and residents a chance to gather around at the Stations with their phones and digital cameras to snap pictures and videos of the steam.

The Clun Castle locomotive was built to fit Great Western Railway’s ‘Castle’ class design in 1950 at GWR’s now-demolished Swindon Works railway maintenance centre in Swindon, Wiltshire.

It was given its name after the ruined castle in Clun, Shropshire.

On 11 June 1965, it hauled the last official steam train out of Paddington to Banbury. It was officially withdrawn six months later in December 1965.

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