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20e. The GR8 Escape - Extra Steam Gala in April 2011

There were seven steam locomotives in action on Saturday April 9th 2011 and this great display of mainly 2-8-0 freight locomotives was absolutely brilliant, continued on Sunday April 10th and the trains mainly ran on time!

The fantastically satisfying steam train show was performed on the GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY by

LMS Stanier 2-8-0 8624 * GWR Tank engine 5542 * Turkish Railways Stanier 2-8-0 45160

GWR 2-8-0 freight loco 3850 * GWR 2807 * LMS Jinty 47406 * LMS Stanier 2-8-0 48305

VIDEO of GR8 ESCAPE on the GCR April 2011

See also 20a. Trip 1 on The Great Central Railway from Leicester to Loughborough * 20b Trip 2 on the GCR - The Winter Gala January 2009 and the visit of 70013 Oliver Cromwell * 20c. More GCR - Loughborough Workshop & Shed Scenes * 20d. Diesels on the GCR and other railway links at bottom of page.

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: Front profile of 45160


Ex LMS 8624 BR 48624 Stanier Class 8F 2-8-0 freight locomotive

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: In its splendid maroon livery, Ex LMS 8624 BR 48624 Stanier 2-8-0 freight locomotive at Loughborough, built at Ashford Works in 1943.

 

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: 8624 at Loughborough shed yard and Central Station

 

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: 8624 entering Quorn Station from Loughborough

 

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: 8624 at Loughborough


Ex GWR 2-6-2 45xx class tank engine 5542

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: Ex GWR Prairie tank engine Class 4500 number 5542 at Leicester North Station with the auto-car. This Collet 4500 Class 2-6-2T was built at Swindon in 1928 to a design by Churchward.

 

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: 5542 leaving Quorn for Leicester with the autocar train.

 

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: 5542 heading into Quorn from Leicester


45160 Stanier Class 8F 2-8-0 freight locomotive built for the Turkish State Railways

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: Ex Turkish State Railways 45160, a Stanier 2-8-0 locomotive departing from Rothley Station with a train for Leicester North Station. This 8F 2-8-0 was built by the North British Locomotive works in 1940. See also 45170 in a very unrestored condition at Shildon NRM Museum

 

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: 45160 in Loughborough shed yard

 

45160 approaching Rothley Station with a train from Leicester North to Loughborough Central

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: The emblem of Turkish State Railways

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: 45160 approaching Rothley Station with a train from Leicester North to Loughborough Central

 

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: 45160 entering Quorn and Woodhouse Station with a permanent way freight train.

 

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: 45160 hauling the demonstration pick up by the Royal Mail Train


Ex GWR/BR 2884 Class 2-8-0 freight locomotive 3850

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: Ex GWR 2-8-0 freight locomotive 3850 entering Rothley Station with a freight train. 3850 was built at Swindon in 1942 by Collett as a development of the 2800 class.

 

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: 3850 leaving Quorn and Woodhouse Station with a hopper freight train.

 

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: 3850 at Quorn and Woodhouse Station


Ex GWR/BR 2800 Class 2-8-0 freight locomotive2807

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: Profile of Ex GWR 2-8-0 freight locomotive 2807, one of the survivors of the Churchward 2800 class. 2807 was built at Swindon in 1905.

 

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: 2807 at Quorn and Woodhouse Station

 

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: 2807 at Loughborough Central

 

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: 2807 taking on water in Loughborough Central depot yard

 

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: Ex GWRs 2807 and 5542 at Loughborough Central Station


47406

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: 47406 at Quorn and Woodhouse with the red liveried Royal Mail Train. Ex LMS 7406, BR 47406 is a Class 3F 2-6-0 tank engine built at the Vulcan Foundry in 1926.

 

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: Jinty 47406 standing at Loughborough Central Station.

 

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: Jinty 47406 departing from Loughborough Central Station with a passenger train for Leicester North station.


8305 BR 48624 Stanier Class 8F 2-8-0 freight locomotive

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: 48305 at Loughborough Central. Ex BR 48305 is ex LMS 8305 is another of the three Stanier 8F 2-8-0 freight locomotives and was built at Crewe Locomotive Works in 1943.

 

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: Stanier 2-8-0 48305 waits as Jinty 47406 departs from Loughborough Central with a passenger train for Leicester North


Quorn and Woodhouse Station

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: The central platform of Quorn and Woodhouse Station.

 

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: Jinty 47406 with the red Royal Mail Train and LMS 8624 waiting to depart with the green liveried ex Southern Region coaching stock.

 

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: Jinty 47406 approaching Quorn with a train from Leicester North, 45160 is waiting to depart south to Leicester.

 

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: 45160 approaching Quorn with a freight train.

Great Central Railway GR8 Escape GCR Steam Gala 2011: A classic car OSL 404, and a classic motor coach - the 'Brighton Belle' at Quorn and Woodhouse Station

See also 20a. Trip 1 on The Great Central Railway from Leicester to Loughborough * 20b Trip 2 on the GCR - The Winter Gala January 2009 and the visit of 70013 Oliver Cromwell * 20c. More GCR - Loughborough Workshop & Shed Scenes * 20d. Diesels on the GCR

 

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