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.


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Oil on Canvas 30” x 20” by Philip D Hawkins FGRA.

A fine Spring day in June 1959 bears witness to the Up “Cornish Riviera” headed by Castle Class 4-6-0 5028 Llantilio Castle, running off Brunel’s ‘magnificent’ Royal Albert Bridge spanning the River Tamar from Cornwall into Devon.


1959 was the centenary year of the bridge and it was floodlit throughout the summer.


5028 will come off the train at Plymouth Station to be replaced, usually, by a King Class locomotive.