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GCR Golden Oldies Gala - The Locos 1/7

I went to the Great Central Railway at Loughborough on the first day of the "Golden Oldies" gala at the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.  This week will feature some of the very old locomotives on duty while I was there.  I have, at last, been playing about with RAW and all of this series utilises RAW, CS3 and Topaz.

The Great Northern Railway (GNR) Class N2 is an 0-6-2T steam locomotive designed by Nigel Gresley and introduced in 1920. The London and North Eastern Railway built further batches from 1925. No. 1144 was built in 1921 and worked services out of Kings Cross. It has recently returned to traffic following an overhaul.

 


I was really pleased to see the only preserved Gresley N2 after its latest overhaul at Loughborough.  These used to run from Kings Cross and Moorgate on suburban services as far as Welwyn Garden City and during my "spotting" days these were a very familiar sight to me.

This ones British Railways number was 69523 which is how I would remember it. More about this class can be found here

Here is a short video of the N2 at the gala departing Rothley station.



GCR Golden Oldies Gala - The Locos 1/7

I went to the Great Central Railway at Loughborough on the first day of the "Golden Oldies" gala at the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.  This week will feature some of the very old locomotives on duty while I was there.  I have, at last, been playing about with RAW and all of this series utilises RAW, CS3 and Topaz.

The Great Northern Railway (GNR) Class N2 is an 0-6-2T steam locomotive designed by Nigel Gresley and introduced in 1920. The London and North Eastern Railway built further batches from 1925. No. 1144 was built in 1921 and worked services out of Kings Cross. It has recently returned to traffic following an overhaul.

 


I was really pleased to see the only preserved Gresley N2 after its latest overhaul at Loughborough.  These used to run from Kings Cross and Moorgate on suburban services as far as Welwyn Garden City and during my "spotting" days these were a very familiar sight to me.

This ones British Railways number was 69523 which is how I would remember it. More about this class can be found here

Here is a short video of the N2 at the gala departing Rothley station.



comments (19)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Aug 2010, 00:38
She's a thing of great beauty, and you have done her justice, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed and thanks Ray.
Yes Ray is right she is a thing of beauty,its a lovely colour of green and would have done a lot of time on the tracks.
Brian Walbey: I used to see these type regularly when I was a boy Cheryl only then they were painted black.
Brian, that`s a cracking shot! So crisp and full of detail. (:o)
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Rosalyn.
I love the way you've captured the steam.
Brian Walbey: I suspect that was more by luck than judgement Sheila.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 Aug 2010, 07:35
Just looking at your picture you can see just how powerful these machines were Brian: lovely shot
Brian Walbey: They were great little locos Chris and every trip to Kings Cross for me meant seeing these being used from Welwyn Garden City onwards.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Aug 2010, 07:50
Another beauty, Brian, and with a great video to accompany it. I really do like the color, even on the wheels. smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ginnie, I used to see this type regularly when I was a boy only then they were painted black.
Fine shot of a grand old lady smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Bill.
Interesting info Brian, and a lovely shot! I love that shade of green!!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Marion, I wonder if the shade of green is anywhere near your nations national colour.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 9 Aug 2010, 10:39
Powerful looking machine capture Brian
Brian Walbey: They were used to pull 14 or 15 empty coach trains into and out of a London terminus so needed a bit of umph vintage.
wonderful motion capture of this impressive machine, well done
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Derek.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 9 Aug 2010, 12:14
fantastic capture of this old gal
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Aussie.
  • Jennie
  • United States
  • 9 Aug 2010, 12:18
Perfect shot; one worth preserving.
Brian Walbey: Thanks jennie.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Aug 2010, 12:32
This has a lovely feel of a painting, Brian. I like the steam from the pipe by the footplate and from near the smoke box. I'm assuming that the loco has condensating equipment for working in the tunnels?
Brian Walbey: Yes it has condensing equipment Alan, they used to work down the tunnel from Kings Cross (known as the rathole) through to Moorgate. I usewd to see these regularly when I was a train spotter many years ago, they were painted British railways black then.
They really are beasts of machines aren't they!
Brian Walbey: They were really good workhorses David, I saw them often when I was a lad in the 50's.
It looks like its coming out of the picture, crystal clear, lovely shot Brian smile
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Linda.
I like the British racing green livery!
Brian Walbey: Almost but not quite the same colour Tom, a BRM would be a tad quicker though grin
Nicely captured Brian. The steam is the icing on the cake
Brian Walbey: Thanks Janet.
I have never seen these in their real life era but 1744 does look grand in the green GNR livery.

Topaz has worked well on this Brian, nice one.
Brian Walbey: I used to see these a lot being on the line to Kings Cross, great little workhorses. Thanks for the comment Les.
Fabulous locomotive.
Brian Walbey: It is indeed John, thanks for your comment.

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