One of four locomotives that stared in the Watercress Line’s Autumn Spring Steam Gala, this big giant tank engine is a Great Western railway 42xx class 2-8-0T.
4270, owned by Jeremy Hosking is usually based on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway and has featured on this blog before, courtesy of GWSAlex – please check out his blog post that details the history of this steam engine (click here.)
As can be seen from the pictures above and below, 4270 hauled a demonstration goods train. It was especially fitting considering the locomotive was designed to haul freight, albeit coal in South Wales.
So why call it a coffee shaker? Unfortunately this because when we hauled by the locomotive on a short passenger journey from Ropley to Alresford it was rocking and riding roughly. Before setting off from the station I had poured a coffee from my thermos flask which is when the coffee shaking began! Somehow I didn’t spill any!
Despite this, it was great to see this large tank engine, particularly because it is the least modified survivor of its class. Introduced in 1910, the design is over a hundred years old, making this survivor all the more special.