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Our competition has now ended and winners have been announced!
Congratulations to our randomly picked winners:
Sam Henerson and Andrew Philip Walton.
Who were amongst many of you that answered our question correctly:
What year was the last time a GWR 'Castle' reached Merseyside?
The answer was of course b) 1969
The lucky winners have each won a pair of tickets aboard this weekend's Vintage Trains service to Merseyside.
Although it is thought that this will be the first visit of a ‘Castle’ to Lime Street, a classmate GWR Castle was displayed in Merseyside in 1969 when three steam engines including Tyseley based ‘Castle’ No. 7029 Clun Castle was towed by a diesel to Allerton Depot for an open day.
The GWR Paddington to Birkenhead route used smaller engines beyond Chester despite advertising ‘Kings’ and ‘Castles’ on the route, but were only used to Wolverhampton or Chester.
A GWR Castle nearly reached Liverpool Lime Street in 1969 when three steam engines including Tyseley based ‘Castle’ No. 7029 Clun Castle was towed by a diesel to Allerton Depot for an open day.
Vintage Trains are looking at running their ‘Castle’ to Scotland next year – full details will appear on this website.