Steam Locomotive Commemorated by a peal

Early in 2010 whilst musing over a book about Great Western Railway locomotives a plan was hatched (In the pub, where else!!) to attempt to ring a series of methods named after the famous Castle Class Great Western Locomotives. The Castle Class was the work horse of the Great Western Railway from the 1920’s to the end of mainline steam in the 60’s and were regularly seen pulling passenger Locomotives across the County and down into Cornwall. 100 of the locomotives with names such as Launceston Castle, Ludlow Castle, Earl of St Germans and of course Isambard Kingdom Brunei bore engine numbers between 5000 and 5099, so the challenge was set not only to ring a new method to the name but a peal with the exact number of changes to match the engine number…. [read full article]
The method has only been pealed 5 times (never with the target 5029 changes!), the most recent one in W&P today:
Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Portsmouth, Hampshire
St Agatha
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 in 2hr 36m (3-0-1)
5024 No 5029 Nunney Castle Surprise Major
Composed by Robert D S Brown
E C Gareth Higgs (C)
Frank R Morton
Peter M Wilkinson
James W G Twiney
Colin J Butler
Malcolm M Powell
Martin J E Daniels
Edward P D Colliss

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