Doubleheading with ‘Castle’ 5051 Earl Bathurst No. 6024 hauled the Penzance to Bristol leg of the first “Great Britain” railtour for the Railway Touring Company. This trip and the previous run from Bristol were the ‘Castle’s’ last two mainline trips to date. Runs with limited water-stops between Shrewsbury and Paddington on 9 June 2007 and Paddington and Yeovil (and return) on 16 June 2007, were made possible by using the Society’s then “on test” water-carrier. The summer saw the locomotive back on its now regular summer ‘Torbay Express’ duties. An oddity, on 24 August 2008, was a trip from Bristol to Par and return with Southern Railway ‘Battle of Britain’ No. 34067 Tangmere, the first mainline pairing of the two classes?
Following repairs in the autumn, the locomotive finished the year with a run from Birmingham to Chester and return, on 22 December 2007, along the LNWR’s rival route to the GWR’s Chester line, and a return to the Lickey incline on 29 December 2007. Following these trains No. 6024 headed to Didcot for its scheduled winter maintenance period.