4079 1964c Swindon Works -ROneg-1612-803-011
Taken after restoration to GWR livery these pictures of 4079 " Pendennis Castle " were taken here at Swindon after its fateful Special run from Paddington on the 9th . May , 1964 when it failed with melted firebars at Westbury .
By a strange twist of fate , however , that day's unexpected events turned out to be the salvation for the engine as had it not been left at Westbury shed following that failure it would doubtless have been very soon withdrawn on its return to its home shed at Swindon following that day's outing .
Chosen as an alternative to an earlier choice for private purchase and preservation , 4079 was saved from the cutter's torch , given a new livery and restored at Swindon Works to work many Specials until a sale to the Hamersley Iron Company in Australia in 1977 .
Happily , however , 4079 came back home again from Australia on 8th . July , 2000 and is now in the final stages of restoration by the Great Western Society at Didcot , a fitting end for a locomotive with so much history dating back especially to its glory days with the Great Western Railway and its exploits working the celebrated " Cheltenham Spa Express "