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20b. Trip 2 on the Great GCR - Winter Gala January 2009 and the visit of 4-6-2 Pacific 70013 Oliver Cromwell - lots of steam train photos

See also 20a. Trip 1 on The Great Central Railway from Leicester to Loughborough * 20c. More GCR - Loughborough Workshop & Shed Scenes * 20d. Diesels on the GCR * * 20e. The GR8 Escape April 2011 and other railway links at bottom of page.

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: Welcome to the Great Central Railway's Leicester North Station and lots of steam trains to see in action and ride on. A great variety of steam locomotives on offer to view and plenty of steam hauled passenger and freight trains in action between Loughborough and Leicester calling in at the restored Rothley and Quorn & Woodhouse Stations.

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: Ex BR freight 2-8-0 48773 (actually 49305) locomotive brings a train from Loughbrough into Leicester North Station.

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: The loco has to loop around to travel north with the return train to Loughborough. The above locomotive is actually Stanier 8F 2-8-0 number 48305 (was LMS 8305) built at Crewe Locomotive Works in 1943. It was repainted-renumbered as 48773 for a GCR gala event (to represent the last numbered in the class?).

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: The real Class 8F heavy freight locomotive 48773 was built by the North British Locomotive Company, Glasgow, Scotland in 1940. 48773 was ex LMS 8233, ex WD 307 and served overseas in the War Department and became Persian Railways 41.109. Its WD number was 70307 in 1944 and 500 in 1952.

 

 

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: You can dine in style on the GCR.

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala 2009: 48773 waiting to depart from Leicester North.

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: Passing over the Swithland Reservoir viaduct.

 

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: The cab and crew of 48773/48305.

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: The 2-8-0 wheel arrangement of freight locomotive 48773 but much engaged on hauling passenger trains these days.

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: Ex GWR 2-6-2T tank engine 4141 in Loughborough engine shed yard.

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: In a blaze of steam and smoke ex SR King Arthur Class 30777 SIR LAMIEL heads south departing from Loughborough Central Station with a train for Leicester.

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: Class O4 2-8-0 ex GCR/LNER/BR Robinson designed Class heavy freight locomotive 63601 emerging from Loughborough Locomotive Depot. 63601 (LNER numbered 5102, 3509 or 3601, GCR 102) was built at Gorton Locomotive Works, Manchester in 1911, so its nearly 100 years old and going strong on the GCR, its original railway company!

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: A few more 'portraits' of 63601.

 

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: Beyond the sheds-workshops is the bridge (or rather part of it) that goes over the canal ...

... hopefully the link to the northern section of the GCR line can be made to 18 miles of mainline double-track.

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: A classic BR standard 7MT 4-6-2 Pacific Locomotive 70013 OLIVER CROMWELL with THE IRISH MAIL headboard from one of its former British Railways duties. She was built at Crewe Locomotive Works in 1951.

 

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: 70013 backs into Loughborough station as Ex GWR 2-6-2T tank engine 4141 heads for Leicester.

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: 70013 waiting to depart from Loughborough ...

 

... and finally on its way to Leicester.

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: A beautifully restored old carriage, ex LNER?

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: Ex BR standard class 2MT 2-6-0 engine 78019 standing in Loughborough Station.

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: Visitor Q6 63395 from the NYMR heritage line.

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: Two more 'portraits' of 78019

 

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: In the winter evening light, 4141 departs from Quorn and Woodhouse Station with a Loughborough-Leicester with a posse of 'adoring' photographers waiting down the line!

 

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: The central platform of the beautifully restored Quorn and Woodhouse Station.

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: This little saddle-tank engine reminds me of 'Thomas the tank engine' and is one of two parked up near Quorn and Woodhouse station. Its denoted as locomotive No 630 built in 1903 at the Hudswell Clarke & Co. Ltd. in Leeds.

 

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: Another saddle-tank engine and I have no information on it.

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: Q6 0-8-0 locomotive 63395 entering Quorn and Woodhouse Station on an operational visit from its home base of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

 

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: 70013 Oliver Cromwell entering Quorn and woodhouse Station with a north-bound train and 63395 passing by on the other side heading south with a freight train.

 

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: Loco 70013 Oliver Cromwell pulling away from Quorn and Woodhouse Station with a Leicester-Loughborough train.

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: A rather well kept and beautifully restored Morris Minor car at ? Station.

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: Ex Southern Railway King Arthur Class locomotive 30777 SIR LAMIEL entering Quorn and Woodhouse Station.

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: 30777 waits and then departs in style with a train for Leicester!

 

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: 78019 and 70013 passing under the road bridge on entering Quorn and Woodhouse station with trains from Loughborough.

 

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: The colourful reproduction of early 1940's posters on the platforms of the restored Quorn and Woodhouse Station.

 

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: Leaving Q & W station behind 4-6-2 Pacific locomotive 70013 Oliver Cromwell.

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: An old Royal Mail carriage.

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: Heading towards Rothley station and passing 30777 blasting its way north.

 

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: Rothley station and the departure of a 70013 hauled train.

 

 

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: 70013 heading for Leicester North ...

 

and 70013 Oliver Cromwell after arrival in Leicester North Station with a train from Loughbrough.

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: Journey's End for me, can't wait for the 3rd trip!

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: The real 48305 lets off steam at Loughbrough Station

Great Central Railway Winter Gala: Loughborough 'Great Central' Station

See also 20a. Trip 1 on The Great Central Railway from Leicester to Loughborough * 20c. More GCR - Loughborough Workshop & Shed Scenes * 20d. Diesels on the GCR * * 20e. The GR8 Escape April 2011

 

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