Great Western Castle Class Locomotives Peal Project
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Earlier this year (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. This has provided a particular challenge both in finding unrung methods and compositions to match the length required and for Tim our resident conductor to call as invariably most are one part compositions with variable hunt starts and in the future endings. It is also interesting that having started the project, this little piece of history has sparked much interest, comment and memories of a bygone era in the pages of Ringing World as the peals are published. It is anticipated that this will be an ongoing project for some time as not only are we also ringing a Treble Bob series but fitting in other methods to help particular individuals.

Launceston Castle GWR Launceston Castle No.5000
Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 6 May 2010 in 2hrs 49min (8-0-27)
5000 Launceston Castle Surprise Major
Composed by: Robert D S Brown
1   Mervyn C Way
2   Sheila C Matthews
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Michael Hatchett
5   Graham W Elmes
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Launceston Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5000 Launceston Castle built in September 1926 withdrawn from service October 1964.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 20 May 2010 in 2hrs 48 Min (8-0-27)
5001 Llandovery Castle Surprise Major
Composed by: Robert.D.S.Brown
1   Mervyn C Way
2   Sheila C Matthews
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Michael Hatchett
5   Graham W Elmes
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Llandovery Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5001 Llandovery Castle Built September 1926. Withdrawn February 1963. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Great Bridge.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 8 July 2010 in 2hrs 48Min (8-0-27)
5002 Ludlow Castle Surprise Major
Composed by: Robert D S Brown
1   Jenny Morris
2   Sheila C Matthews
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Michael Hatchett
5   Graham W Elmes
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Ludlow Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5002 Ludlow Castle built in September 1926 withdrawn from service September 1964.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 21 October 2010 in 2hrs 36Min (8-0-27)
5003 Lulworth Castle Surprise Major
Composed by: Robert D S Brown
1   Jennifer E Elmes
2   Paul J Pascoe
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Michael Hatchett
5   Graham W Elmes
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the method
Lulworth Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Castle Class Locomotive 5003 Lulworth Castle, Built May 1927. Withdrawn August 1962. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Newport.

" The band still can't believe Tim Collins rang the Tenor"

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 28 October 2010 in 2hrs 42Min (8-0-27)
5004 Llanstephan Castle Surprise Major
Composed by: Robert D S Brown
1   Mervyn C Way
2   Sheila C Matthews
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Michael Hatchett
5   Graham W Elmes
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Llanstephan Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5004 Llanstephan Castle. Built June 1927. Withdrawn April 1962.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 4 November 2010 in 2hrs 41Min (8-0-27)
5005 Manorbier Castle Surprise Major
Composed by: Robert D S Brown
1   Michael Hatchett
2   Sheila C Matthews
3   Mervyn C Way
4   Lesley A Knipe
5   Graham W Elmes
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Manorbier Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5005 Manorbier Castle. Built June 1927. Carried streamlining from March 1935 until 1940. last shed allocation Swindon. Withdrawn February 1960.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 25 November 2010 in 2hrs 50Min (8-0-27)
5006 Tregenna Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Frederick J Sage
2   Sheila C Matthews
3   Mervyn C Way
4   Michael Hatchett
5   Lesley A Knipe
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the method
Tregenna Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Loccomotive 5006 Tregenna Castle, Built June 1927. First shed allocation Old Oak Common. last shed allocation Carmarthen. Withdrawn April 1962.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 9 December 2010 in 2hrs 45Min (8-0-27)
5007 Rougemont Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Lesley A Knipe
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Michael Hatchett
4   Frederick J Sage
5   Graham W Elmes
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Rougemont Castle Surprise Major x34x4x256x23x2x5x2x1 le 2 [b] fch BDE
Remembering Great Western Locomotive 5007 Rougemont Castle Built June 1927. Last shed allocation Gloucester. Withdrawn September 1962. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Newport.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 2 August 2012 in 2hrs 50Min (8-0-27)
5008 Raglan Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Mervyn C Way
2   Lesley A Knipe
3   Graham W Elmes
4   Michael Hatchett
5   Frederick J Sage
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Raglan Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Castle Class Locomotive 5008 Raglan Castle Built June 1927. First shed allocation Plymouth Laira. Double chimney and 4 row superheater fitted March 1961. Last shed allocation Old Oak Common. Withdrawn September 1962. Scrapped at Cashmore's, Great Bridge.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 16 August 2012 in 2hrs 53Min (8-0-27)
5009 Shrewsbury Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Frederick J Sage
2   Mervyn C Way
3   Lesley A Knipe
4   Richard H Johnston
5   Thomas R Garrett
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Shrewsbury Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5009 Shrewsbury Castle Built June 1927. First shed allocation Plymouth Laira. last shed allocations Swindon. Withdrawn October 1960 and eventually scrapped.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 11 October 2012 in 2hrs 48Min (8-0-27)
5010 Restormel Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Lesley A Knipe
2   Frederick J Sage
3   Graham W Elmes
4   Michael Hatchett
5   Richard H Johnston
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Restormel Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5010 Restormel Castle Built July 1927. First shed allocation Plymouth Laira. Last shed allocation Reading. Withdrawn October 1959 and scrapped.

Also in memory of Robert Redvers Brown ,MBE ACIS. 1925 to 2012, (Grandfather Wobbly Bob) Father to ringer of 7th, Grandfather and Great Grandfather. Normandy War veteran and friend to many at rest with the Great Architect of the Universe.

Dorset County Association
Huntsham, Devon
All Saints
Thursday, 18 October 2012 in 2hrs 47Min (8-0-27)
5011 Tintagel Castle Surprise Major
Composed: Robert D S Brown
1   Richard W Ellis
2   Lesley A Knipe
3   Richard H Johnston
4   Graham W Elmes
5   Michael Hatchett
6   Jeffrey Knipe
7   Robert D S Brown
8   Timothy F Collins (C)
First Peal in the Method
Tintagel Castle Surprise Major
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Remembering Great Western Castle Class Locomotive 5011 Tintagel Castle built July 1927. First shed allocation Newton Abbot. Last shed allocation Old Oak Common. Withdrawn September 1962 and scrapped at Cashmore's, Great Bridge.

Also Birthday compliment to Mike Hatchett and Robert Brown whose birthdays are today.

 

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