The Moonraker! Castle Class 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe

2013 The Moonraker Mainline Tour - Salisbury - GWR 4073 Castle Class - 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe

Yesterday; Castle class 5043 ran from Solihull to Salisbury, where  I saw it with my good friend Simon of Brookes Castle (a blog that is definitely well worth following!)

2013 The Moonraker Mainline Tour - Salisbury - GWR 4073 Castle Class - 5043 Earl of Mount EdgcumbeAs can be seen from these pictures, the weather was abysmal!  This didn’t prevent a large number of people making the journey to see this magnificent GWR machine.

2013 The Moonraker Mainline Tour - Salisbury - GWR 4073 Castle Class - 5043 Earl of Mount EdgcumbeI will leave you to look through some of the pictures taken on the day.  Thanks for reading folks 🙂

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3 thoughts on “The Moonraker! Castle Class 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe

    • Hi Julie,

      Funnily enough it has nothing to do with the railway itself, or anything to do with James Bond! Moonrakers are a nickname for people from Wiltshire.

      It comes from a story of smuggling – Wiltshire had many secret smuggling routes from the south coast to the centre of the country. The story goes that barrels of Brandy were hidden in a pond by day to be removed at night. Whilst locals were trying to retrieve these barrels at night, they were found by customs officers. The locals gave an excuse that they were trying to rake a round of cheese from the reflection of the moonlight! The customs officers laughed and thought the locals to be idiots and left them be. Of course the locals were the ones who had the last laugh! Since then, the term moonrakers has stuck, hence the name of the express!

      Thanks for the comment and best wishes,

      Dave

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