City of Truro Steam

Great Western Railway 3440 City of Truro Steam Locomotive

Get closer to GWR’s record-breaking City of Truro, which once clocked-up 102.3mph between Plymouth and London Paddington.


The Great Western Railway 3440 City of Truro Steam Locomotive is a 4-4-0 locomotive designed by George Jackson Churchward and built at Swindon works in 1903 as one of 10 ‘City Class’ locomotives.

Record Breaking

The City of Truro was recorded at a speed of 102.3mph between Plymouth and Paddington in May 1904 – a record-breaking run.

British Railways Western Region

She continued in service until 1931 before her first preservation at the Railway Museum in York. Returning to service in 1957 for special excursions and some standard services on British Railways Western Region, she was finally retired at Swindon in 1961 before being returned to the National Railway Museum.


Her latest restoration in 2004 marked the centenary of her speed record, since which she has hauled several trains on UK main lines.


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