4021 1939-05-30 Nottingham Victoria
GWR Star class 4-6-0 No 4021 The British Monarch pulls out of Nottingham Victoria with the ECS of an excursion train from Poole formed of SR stock bound for Basford carriage sidings on May 30, 1939.
Peter Kerslake says "Swindon built in June 1909 4021 had been named "King Edward" from that date until June of 1927 when the newly introduced "King" class took the names of "Stars" 4021 to 4030 inclusive, with 4021 becoming "The British Monarch", later losing the "The" in October of that same year, as is evident here.
Allocated from new to Old Oak Common 4021 was later housed at Oxford in the late 1940's, this being the depot from which she was withdrawn in October of 1952.
4021 had been the first build of the 1909 series of ten "Stars", distinctive as seen here by the gracefully curved top to the inside valve chest which replaced the earlier squared boxed design and this engine was the first and sole member of that series built with the Swindon number three superheater which increased her ability to produce steam."
Photo: T.G. Hepburn/Rail Archive Stephenson