GWR 4900 Class 5972 Olton Hall
Power type : Steam
Designer : Charles Collett
Builder : GWR Swindon Works
Build date : April 1937
Configuration : 4-6-0
On the 12th July 2014, Olton Hall hauled its last train between Carnforth and York, and back. Following this journey, Olton Hall will be transferred to the Warner Brothers 'Harry Potter' museum where she will spend the rest of her days as a static exhibit.
In the films the locomotive is depicted pulling a train of four British Rail Mark 1 carriages. Scenes were filmed inside King's Cross railway station, crossing over the Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland and at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway along with internal scenes on board the train.
When filming, Olton Hall carries a "Hogwarts Express" headboard on the smokebox, featuring the Hogwarts School crest. The same emblem is featured as part of the Hogwarts Railways' emblem on the tender and carriages. She retains her GWR number of 5972, but with alternative nameplates fitted, naming the engine Hogwarts Castle. She is painted in a crimson livery a non-standard colour, as Great Western Railway locomotives traditionally used Brunswick Green.
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