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Class A4 Steam Locomotive Sir Ralph Wedgwood
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No: 4972   Contributor: Marcel Gommers   Year: 1952   Manufacturer: Unknown   Country: England
Class A4 Steam Locomotive Sir Ralph Wedgwood

This is the A4 class Steam Locomotive 60006 'Sir Ralph Wedgwood'. Here seen at signal box 'North Box', Peterborough (England).
The 60006 was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley and built in 1938 at the Doncaster Works (LNER). A total of 35 were built in this class and although six or so have been preserved, unfortunately the 'Sir Ralph Wedgwood' did not survive modernisation and was disposed off in 1965 in Motherwell.

The sign 'The Capitals Limited' was to promote the non-stop services between King's Cross, London and Waverley Station, Edinburgh with stops at Dundee and Aberdeen.

Photo © The Step Back Through Time Collection
Picture added on 08 November 2008
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Through Their Eyes - Steam Trains Collection, England
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Added by Elinor Herbert on 15 May 2009.
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Added by Marcel Gommers on 16 May 2009.
What a stunning picture it brings a tear to my eye its gone forever

Added by David Reck on 19 June 2009.
One of the batch which ended their days in Scotland based at Aberdeen's Ferryhill shed for working the 3 hour expresses to and from Glasgow.

Added by Paul Strathdee on 23 June 2010.
A fantastic picture from the Golden Years of Steam.

Added by Ronald Roy Smith on 29 June 2010.
the Capitals Limited ran between London Kings Cross and Edinburgh Waverley.

Added by Frank Micklethwaite on 01 April 2011.
Did it not become the Elizabethan after the accession of the Queen.

Added by Paul Strathdee on 01 April 2011.
Correct, Paul, and the journey time was increased with the renaming in 1953 to 6 hours 45 minutes from 7 hours 6 minutes.
The Capitals Limited was inaugurated in 1949, using the pressure-ventilated Thompson train sets built for the 'Scotsman' in 1947. These had a buffet lounge, a 3-car restaurant set and even a ladies' retiring room with settees!

Added by Peter Langsdale on 01 April 2011.
Quite right Paul it did.
Elizabethan: King's Cross-Aberdeen; nonstop to Edinburgh Waverley; summer service 1953-63; successor to The Capitals Limited.

Added by John Southall on 01 April 2011.
Now i'm confused.According to my records 60006 was not built with a corridor tender (like Bittern), so what is it doing on a non-stop London to Edinburgh. Were the tenders changed between locos.

Added by Stuart Powell on 09 April 2011.
Hi Stuart,
Corridor tenders were first built around 1928/9, I think 10 of them. With the arrival of the A4s and the running of more non stop services they built some more and refurbished the older ones. This would be in 1937/8 ish. 22 were available in all so the locos most likely to be non stoppers were given them permanently, changing them around was considered too time consuming and costly.
60006 would be one of those given the corridor tender when I have not been able to find out but late 30's at a guess.
Hope this helps.

Added by John Southall on 09 April 2011.
I just knew that there was something not quite right about this loco. 4469 originally Gadwall renamed Sir Ralph Wedgwood 3/1939 was scrapped in 1942 after being damaged beyond repair in an air raid on York shed.
4466 Herring Gull was renamed Sir Ralph Wedgwood 1/1944 and eventually became 60006.

Added by John Southall on 09 April 2011.
presumably entering Peterborough from the south the tenders still fullthe firemans not got warmed up yet.

Added by Frank Micklethwaite on 09 April 2011.
In 1956/7 I was privileged to see The Capitals Limited roaring through York station on her way to London. I’m not sure which locomotive was used. As I was leaning out from the north bound platform watching her depart round the bend a north bound express rushed towards me seemingly leaning well over my platform. I think the loco was The Duchess of Hamilton but I was too close to see the name plate. The colours were maroon and gold as per the NRM example. Anyone any ideas about the locos?

Added by Roger Newby on 13 April 2011.
Re-corridor tenders. 60006 had one from July 1950 to June 1954. These tenders were swopped about at the start of each summer season being fitted to selected engines for the top express services. It was not a difficult task changing them and the task was done at the principle engine sheds such as Kings Cross and haymarket, Edinburgh.

Added by Chris Davies on 09 May 2011.
The destruction by German bombing of 4469, the "first" Sir Ralph Wedgwood on April 29 1942 is apparently commemorated in the National Railway Museum (formerly York locomotive shed) by a plaque in the floor of the Museum. I must look for it on my next visit!

Added by Peter Langsdale on 05 August 2011.
Just for the record the train is heading south.
Did the loco come on at Grantham?

Added by Paul Ebberson on 11 July 2012.
Wouldn't think so. The CU was a non-stop so the loco would have come on at originating point but- who knows.....

Added by Paul Strathdee on 18 July 2012.
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