'King George V' steam locomotive and Inter-City 125, Paddington Station, 1979.
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A contemporary report ran: "A great railway nostalgia trip ran out of steam yesterday. The gleaming Great Western Railway engine 'King George V' left Paddington to a great send-off to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Brunel's station. One hour and 17 minutes later it stood in a siding at Didcot, Oxfordshire - waiting for repairs. The 500 steam fans who paid £12.50 for the return journey went back to London on a diesel train. The Swindon-built 'King George V', now in its 53rd year, came to a halt after an axle box on one of the driving wheels overheated and was in danger of seizing up. The 50-mile route was lined with tens of thousands of sightseers anxious to catch a glimpse of the engine. Impertinent Inter-City diesel upstarts whistled greetings as they rushed past their elderly counterpart."