The most unpronounceable name of any Castle Class Loco !!
I believe that this castle is pronounced as ‘Drizuthwin’, but most English have struggled to wrap their mouths around the correct pronunciation. Even a Welsh friend who purported to have a command of Welsh struggled with this one, so what chance do the rest of us have!!! If anyone out there wishes to correct me, feel free!! The engine attached to the number plate is a bit of a fraud, in as much as it only carried the name ‘Drysllwyn Castle for the first 15 months of its life. Built in 1936, it was renamed ‘Earl Bathurst’ in 1937 for the remaining 26 years of its mainline service, until it’s withdrawal in May 1963, when it was acquired by the GWS at Didcot. I presume it has been renamed in the interests of pedantic authenticity. For the record, it travelled over 1.3 million miles while in service, most of them as Earl Bathurst.
The REAL Drysllwyn Castle (7018) is an infinitely more interesting engine. Given the third re-incarnation of the name (after being carried by 5051 and 5076), it was built in 1948, so it was never technically a true GWR locomotive, although in reality and design of course, it was. It was the first Castle Class loco to be fitted with a double chimney, (1956) and improved lubrication. In common with all other modified Castles, It was eventually fitted with a Four-row super-heater as well. In April 1958 it set the highest (authenticated) speed recorded for a
Castle(*) when it achieved 102 mph at Little Somerford while hauling The ‘Up’ Bristolian from Bristol to London, achieving a non-stop record time of 93mins 50 secs for the 117.6 miles, an average speed of over 75 mph. It’s a pity that it wasn’t sent to Dai Woodham’s at the end !! Sadly, it ended its days being scrapped by Cashmore’s (Great Bridge) in Tipton.
(*) 7030 Cranbrook Castle is reported to have achieved 103 mph