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Restored King Edward II 6023 steam locomotive on show

The restored loco
Image caption The restoration work is believed to have cost £700,000

A Great Western Railway steam engine which was saved from a scrap yard in Wales has gone on show in Oxfordshire.

Volunteers spent more than 20 years restoring the King Edward II 6023, which will be on show in Didcot.

Project leader Dennis Brynley-Howells said the work had been a massive undertaking.

"We've put together nearly 65,000 parts... every profession from a coppersmith to a welder has played their part," he said.

We've done every other Saturday for the last 22 years," he added.

The 6023 locomotive was built in the 1930s at the Great Western Railway's works in Swindon.

It was used on many routes between London Paddington and the West of England before being taken out of service in 1962.

It spent time at a scrap yard in Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan before being moved to a platform close to Bristol's Temple Meads railway station where some restoration work took place.

Then in 1990 it was moved to the Didcot Railway Centre in Oxford where the restoration took place.

It was officially launched at Didcot, which will be its permanent home, on Saturday by Steve Davies MBE, director of the National Railway Museum in York.

The work is believed to have cost £700,000.

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