The oldest working standard gauge steam locomotive in Britain!
The 1863 veteran is on tour for the first half of 2012 and in the process has become one of the select number of locomotives to be chosen to haul the Royal Train! No, we don’t mean the FRT’s own Royal Saloon, but a train for a real live Royal – HRH the Duke of Gloucester.
This special duty happened shortly after FR20 arrived at the Severn Valley Railway. The 149 year old veteran is the obvious choice to mark 150 years since the opening of the line. FR20 had the honour of hauling its first Royal Train on May 14th, taking the Duke of Gloucester from Kidderminster to Bewdley to unveil a plaque marking the anniversary of the first trains.